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be closest to 14 days for it to be considered an optimal fertile cycle. This of course isn’t the case for everyone, but evidence suggests that a 14day luteal phase is the ideal for most women. After ovulation, FSH and LH levels sharply decline and remain low for the rest of the cycle. Estrogen and testosterone gradually decline and the follicle that released the egg will start to produce progesterone, causing this hormone to rise gradually. During the second week of the luteal phase estrogen will slightly rise again in preparation for pregnancy. If there is no pregnancy, estrogen and progesterone will drop and cause the uterine lining to shed. PUTTING IT INTO ACTION This is a time to start to cut back on your busy schedule and slow down. Use this time to get things done. Take pleasure in completing projects and wrapping things up. This is all about execution. You may start to experience PMS in the second half of this phase so clearing your calendar of big social events will help conserve energy. You probably feel isolated in everything that you experience during this stage of your cycle but know that you are not alone. And these symptoms are not all in your head! There is a remarkable cascade of hormonal events taking place. Focusing on nourishing self-care practices will help you through this period of lower energy as you move back into the menstrual phase. So, get out your calendar and start marking in the days of each phase. Then, as you’re doing your weekly planning each week, check which phase you are coming into and use the principles of that phase to help focus your priorities. These are not hard and fast rules – life is just not that neat and tidy! Think about these principles as intentions for the different phases. Vix Anderton The Practical Balance www.thepracticalbalance.com (Original blog posted on April 8, 2019)

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