A woman’s period affects her libido and getting pregnant, because her hormone swings can have a direct effect on her sex life. If you want to get pregnant, don’t just track your ovulation and body temperature! Pay attention to how your menstrual cycle and libido affects your mood and sex life.
Here, Dr Rebecca Booth, author of The Venus Week, describes how a woman’s menstrual cycle affects her libido and mood, and the impact it has on her sex life and getting pregnant.
Dr. Booth is the author of The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age — a must-read for women who are still menstruating! This book encourages women to think in positive terms about their female power and hormones — it’s very empowering.
And, here’s what Dr Booth says about how your period affects your libido, mood, and sex life…
How a Woman’s Period Affects Her Libido and Getting Pregnant
1. Some women have a higher libido (sex drive) when they’re getting their period. During their menstrual cycle, the hormone testosterone rises relative to the two other cycling hormones. For many women, this means a better sex life — and more chances of getting pregnant! There is no reason not to enjoy sex when you’re getting your period. You can get pregnant when you’re getting your period, because sperm can live for several days and may fertilize the developing egg. Note that there is a slight increase in susceptibility to sexually transmitted diseases during a woman’s period, so protect yourself with contraceptives if you’re with a new partner and don’t want to get pregnant yet!
2. Periods do not necessarily follow the moon, but women in close quarters do tend to get their periods in rhythm over time. The average menstural cycle length is similar to the lunar cycle. The length a woman’s menstrual cycles varies widely among mammals and primates, which makes people question the lunar significance to a human woman’s fertility levels.
3. Regular periods are the best sign of hormone balance. Dr Booth says, “When my patients feel their hormones are ‘out of whack,’ one of the first questions I ask is if they have regular periods. Assuming a patient is not pregnant, nursing or in menopause, a regular menstrual cycle indicates that things are working the way Mother Nature intended.” This is why fertility doctors always ask if you have regular periods. The more regular your cycle, the easier it can be to predict ovulation and get pregnant.
4. There are health benefits to having a regular period – so don’t curse it! When you’re not on the pill, pregnant, nursing, or in menopause, getting your period can offer many health benefits. The Pill makes the uterine lining temporarily very thin; to some degree periods are optional for a woman on the Pill, patch, ring or most other hormonal contraceptives.
5. The purpose of a woman’s period is a cleansing or sloughing of the old uterine lining to make way for the next cycle. The uterus contracts to gently push this lining out, and the contractions can be seen on a pelvic ultrasound. Painful menstrual cramps can result if the uterus is strongly tilted back (retroverted), if the opening (the cervix) is narrow, or if the lining is very thick. The birth control pill causes a temporary thinning of the lining, making the periods less heavy and painful.
6. Puberty and the first period signal the rescue of a human egg cell. A woman’s egg cells are programmed to be spent or perish at a steady rate, beginning before she is born. At puberty the signals from the brain begin to “ripen” an egg every cycle, giving her the possibility of getting pregnant. Over a lifetime a woman may have 300 to 500 periods as a result of this process before the eggs are “spent” and menopause ensues (around the average age of 52).
For more information on periods and getting pregnant, read How to Know When You’re Ovulating.
In her book, The Venus Week, Dr. Rebecca Booth discusses the way a woman’s hormonal cycle works and how knowledge can empower women (in and out of the bedroom!). The Venus Week is the one week of the month when estrogen (the “feel-good hormone”) and testosterone (the “hormone of desire”) are at their peak.