The easiest way to understand the menstrual cycle in terms of Yin and Yang, is to compare the body to day and night.
Yin is night time. The cooling, resting, nourishing part of the day.
Yang is day time. Energetic, warming, increased metabolic energy part of the day.
The menstrual cycle is the same, but over a longer period (no pun intended!) of time. From your period until ovulation or your follicular phase is your Yin time.
This is when an egg is being nourished, your lining is growing and your body is being nurtured to produce a good quality egg for possible fertilisation.
Your body temperature is actually lower, your body needs more rest, increased nutrition, more meditation and less stress to nourish your Yin and fertile energy.
From ovulation to the end of your cycle, is your Yang phase or your luteal phase. This is where progesterone, your warming hormone takes over.
Your body temperature noticeably increases. This energy helps a fertilised egg expand and grow.
If no fertilisation occurs, you move back into your Yin phase, ready to start the Yin/Yang dance again.
The very cool thing about this ebb and flow of energy, is that each phase is dependent on each other.
If you don’t have enough Yin (high stress, poor diet, poor sleep, increased age), it is hard for the body to switch from Yin to Yang. Ovulation may not occur and your development of progesterone (or Yang) may be impaired.
You end up with a very long Yin phase while the body tries to nourish an egg. This can happen in women with PCOS.
Imagine having too much night and not enough daylight…plants don’t grow, we don’t warm up, we would lack nutrition from the sun and have less access to nutritious food. We’d be like a poorly nourished egg!
When something upsets this important Yin and Yang balance, women’s health can suffer and not just in regards to falling pregnant.
Yin is needed to nourish all of your organs, not just your uterus. Yin supports all of your body fluids, blood and mucous membranes.
Yang is needed to maintain your digestive metabolic energy as well as your progesterone. Yang drives your digestion and your elimination of wastes. It looks after your water metabolism in the body and your daily energy.
So it is important to balance this Yin and Yang energy. Every single women’s health complaint comes down to an imbalance in this cycle.
It is as simple and as complicated as that!