What 4 Common Hormone Cycles Look Like & Feel Like

Hormones can be confusing, we get it! According to science, a whopping 65% of us are visual learners. So, picture-loving friends, this one’s for you.

 

Here are 4 common hormone pictures we often see in our hormone test results, along with what they look like and feel like in the body.

 

Before we dive in, here’s a quick ‘hormone-dictionary’ refresher. 

 

Hormone Picture: a snapshot of your unique dance of key sex hormones throughout your monthly cycle. Kind of like a ‘story of your hormones’ that flows through four different phases and has different characters (hormones) taking the lead at different times.

 

The Four Phases: 

    • Menstrual: Your period, (enough said).
    • Follicular: The time between your period and ovulation, generally a pretty great time with higher energy levels and moods.
    • Ovulation: The release of an egg from its follicle which takes place around the middle of your monthly cycle and brings a nice juicy dose of progesterone with it.
    • Luteal: The time between ovulation and the start of your next period. Often a time where we feel a little more introverted and tired, and can experience symptoms of PMS.

 

The Hormones: 

    • Oestrogen: The queen of female sex hormones. Oestrogen acts as the dominant hormone during the follicular phase and peaks just before ovulation.
    • Progesterone: A chill-pill in hormone form that takes over after ovulation and carries us through the luteal phase.
    • Testosterone: The key male sex hormone that women make in small amounts too. Testosterone peaks during ovulation and boosts our confidence and libido for the time that we are most fertile (sneaky mother nature!).

 

 

1. BALANCED HORMONES

 

HOW IT LOOKS:

 

HOW IT FEELS:

A hormone picture with Beyoncé-like energy. When our hormones are nicely balanced and ebbing and flowing in sync with each other, being a woman feels more like a super power than a hassle.

 

This is the hormone picture we want to help all women achieve, because we ALL deserve to feel good in our bodies.

 

A healthy, ovulatory cycle with balanced hormones feels like:

  • Regular cycles, around 21-35 days in length;
  • A period that comes and goes without PMS and isn’t heavy or painful;
  • Stable, balanced moods and great sleep;
  • Good energy levels, particularly in the first half of your cycle;
  • Clear, hydrated & healthy skin.

 

This hormone picture also means you can really tune in to the 4 different hormonal phases of your cycle, and notice distinct differences in your desires, energy levels and moods. Being in tune with your cycle can help you make the most of your different strengths at different times of the month.

 

 


2. OESTROGEN DOMINANCE

 

HOW IT LOOKS:

 

HOW IT FEELS:

Oestrogen is our lovely feminising hormone that ebbs and flows throughout the 4 different phases of your cycle, and plays an important role in our energy levels, skin, metabolism, libido and moods.

 

Oestrogen in the right amounts is like a girl's best friend, but when our bodies start to produce too much oestrogen, or absorb too many xenoestrogens from the chemicals in our environment, we can start to experience some less friendly signs of hormone imbalance.

 

High oestrogen levels (either in their own right, or in relation to lower levels of progesterone) can feel like:

  • Heavy or crampy periods;
  • Feeling moody, irritable and emotional;
  • Fluid retention & tender breasts;
  • Low energy levels;
  • Premenstrual headaches;
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight;
  • Low libido.

 


3. ANOVULATORY CYCLES

 

HOW IT LOOKS:

 

HOW IT FEELS:

Anovulatory cycles are cycles where ovulation doesn’t happen (i.e. no egg is released and there is no chance of pregnancy). Anovulation is actually more common than you might think, and it can be tricky to tell as you can still get a period each month, even when ovulation hasn’t occurred.

 

Anovulatory cycles go hand-in-hand with low progesterone, as the only way to make a juicy dose of progesterone is by ovulating - which isn’t always easy to do, particularly when your body is under stress.

 

Progesterone is a lovely calming, soothing hormone, that balances the effects of oestrogen and is kind of like a natural, ever so gentle relaxant. Without a good dose of this hormone, mid-cycle, the week or two before your period is where things can really start to get interesting, and not in a fun way.

 

Anovulatory cycles can feel like:

  • Feeling anxious and overwhelmed;
  • Having trouble sleeping;
  • Irregular periods;
  • Low libido;
  • Spotting before, after or between periods;
  • Tender breasts;
  • Bloating & fluid retention.

 

 

4. ON THE PILL

HOW IT LOOKS:

 

Your natural hormones:

 

Synthetic hormones:

 

HOW IT FEELS:

The pill contains synthetic hormones in the form of ethinyl estradiol and progestin, which disrupts the chain of communication between your brain and your ovaries, and stops your body from producing its own natural hormones - oestrogen and progesterone.

 

This means that while you are taking the pill, your natural hormones are suppressed to post-menopausal levels, meaning no follicular or luteal phases of your cycle and no ovulation.

 

Hormonal contraception feels different depending on both the type and levels of hormones, and the person taking it. Some women experience not-so-great side effects, and others don’t notice much at all.

 

To learn more about how the pill affects your body, how to support your body while you are on it, and how to come off it (without your hormones becoming a hot mess), check out our collection of helpful pill-related information here.



WONDERING WHAT YOUR HORMONE PICTURE LOOKS LIKE?

As you may have noticed, different hormone imbalances can present in similar ways in the body, making it difficult to pinpoint exactly what's going on through symptoms alone.

 

Testing your hormones with The Eve Test Complete is the fastest and easiest way to figure out exactly what’s going on below the surface in that wonderfully unique body of yours. 

 

Depending on your unique hormone picture, there are different foods, types of exercise, lifestyle factors and nutritional support that can help bring you, and your hormones into balance. 

Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure. We are all unique. For your individual health concerns it is important to discuss these with a relevant health professional.