The hormonal roller coaster ride
Every month women jump on board a hormonal roller coaster ride. There are three main hormones at play here: oestrogen, luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The menstrual cycle can be split into three phases as each of the hormone levels peak and fall to stimulate changes in the ovaries and uterus. Each hormone provides feedback to influence the others – no hormone plays alone.
The first phase features higher levels of FSH and it’s all there in the name. It stimulates the ovarian follicles, getting them ready to release an egg. As the follicles mature they secrete increasing levels of oestrogen which prompts the uterus lining to thicken (proliferate), ready to house the egg if it is fertilised. Oestrogen increases serotonin (the happy hormone) so in this phase women are usually feeling pretty good. In the ovarian cycle this is called the follicular phase and it corresponds to the proliferation phase in the uterine cycle.
Next up, in the ovaries, we have ovulation. Oestrogen levels hit a peak and where they were suppressing the luteinising hormone (LH) now they cross a threshold and cause a surge in LH prompting the release of the mature egg from the ovarian follicles. At this time of the month your lady is likely to look at you with that sparkle in her eye that says she is finding you super attractive!
It is also typical at this middle time of the cycle that she will have lots of energy and a lot more interest in you. Biochemically the body is ready to conceive, thus the increase in libido. This is the time to live life to the fullest and you are likely to have a very loving attentive partner.
Quite often this feeling will only last up until the end of the cycle though as the week prior to the her period she is unlikely to find you quite so attractive as her follicle stimulating, luteinising and oestrogen hormone levels drop.
So remember, mid-cycle is a really good time of the month for a romantic weekend away.