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Do you know about cycle syncing?

Don’t worry, I didn’t either. For the first 20 years of having a period I struggled through PMT, exhaustion and breakouts. For years I helped women with fertility issues, anxiety, insomnia and amenorrhea wondering if there was something to prevent these symptoms happening in the first place.

Here’s the thing. Men and their cycle set the schedule and this has been the case for hundreds of years. This is mainly due to the fact that scientific studies are never done on women during their reproductive age so there is not enough research to support a woman’s cycle. Furthermore, our menstrual cycle has been considered ‘hysterical’ or ‘mystical’ for hundreds of years. Elinor Cleghorn in Unwell Women writes how: “For too long, menstrual and gynaecological pain has been minimised as the ‘natural’ and inevitable consequence of being female.”

Men have a circadian rhythm and, because of our lack of research into women’s cycles, this is what we have based our working day around for years. Men are most productive in the morning as their testosterone is high so morning intercourse, morning exercise and tackling projects early work well.

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