Premenstrual Wellbeing 

The menstrual cycle, a stigma for some, an enigma for many. How do you look after yourself during the different phases of your menstrual cycle? Does this look differently from one phase to another? How does it influence how you plan your week, your month, your weekend? How aware are you of the complex hormonal and physical interplay occurring within your body from week to week? 

The Body and Time:

As women, in contemporary society there is an expectation to operate and function productively within two different time continuums, that is, the linear time, of the twenty - four clock, the continuum that every member of society works and lives by. Then there's our own unique expression of cyclical time, namely The Menstrual Cycle, governed by our biology and divided into four phases: Menstruation, Follicular, Ovulation, and the Luteal phase. Although this is a normal phenomenon operating within the body, functioning within these two continuums can be challenging as they are often in conflict with one another.

How might Psychotherapy help? 

Psychotherapy can be an effective support for you as you take care of your Premenstrual Wellbeing. Often underlying issues or symptoms can be exacerbated during the Luteal phase of our cycle, a time where we may need to pay closer attention to what our body is communicating to us. We may feel more tired than usual, or we may experience changes in mood, along with many other symptoms that can occur at this time.

  • Psychotherapy can help provide insight into the habitual yet unique symptoms and expressions of our cycle.
  • How to plan for and anticipate them through Cycle Tracking.
  • How to manage them through Mindful Cycling.
  • It can also offer a space for you to process your thoughts, feelings and sensations as they arise to provide insight & awareness.

  • If you are concerned about your mental health during the menstrual cycle, in addition to psychotherapy it is also important to seek medical support from your GP or a consultant specialising in Menstrual Disorders. Tracking your symptoms with an evidence - based Cycle Tracking App and linking in with The International Association of Premenstrual Disorders (IAPMD) can provide additional support and keep you informed.