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Menstrual Phase Cycle Powers

The First Phase of Menstruation: The Menstrual Phase

April 18, 2023

Did you know that you can use your hormones to work for you, not against you?

First, it’s important to understand what goes on during our menstrual cycle, because unfortunately, every single day is different!  

A typical 28-day cycle has four different phases, starting with the menstrual phase.

Menstrual Phase (Day 1 = Day You Start Your Period) Up to 7 Days

Aunt Flow has now arrived! For the next 5-7 days, it’s time to honor your hormones, rest and do what feels good.

Cycle Powers: Evaluation, analysis and intuition

What to Focus On At Work During the Menstrual Phase  

  • Evaluate how you are doing with your current career or a project you are working on
  • Reassess your goals (perhaps re-visit your planner)
  • Analyze your last month or upcoming month as far as goals are concerned
  • Take a personal day (perhaps day 1 or 2 of your cycle)
  • Trust your gut during this phase.
  • Take lots of breaks. Your body is going through a lot during this phase.

What Exercises Your Hormones Will Love During the Menstrual Phase

  • Yoga
  • Stretching
  • Walking 
  • Pilates

What Foods Your Hormones Crave During the Menstrual Phase

  • Nutrient-dense foods like oats, root vegetables and bone broths
  • Focus on berries, red meat and beans


All posts and information provided within this blog are for informational and educational purposes only and are not to be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken solely on the contents of this blog. Please consult your doctor or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health and well-being or on any opinions expressed within this blog.

  • Dr. Erin Ellis

    Dr. Ellis is a Naturopathic doctor who helps women balance hormones, fix crappy periods and regain energy they once had to be their happiest, healthiest selves.

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claire coder,
founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®