No post-period blues! This is when you feel your most attractive. By Dawn Chen
Period over, get ready for renewed energy and a heightened sex drive. (Photo: puhhha / www.123rf.com)
Now that your menstruation is over, feel-good days are here! Here are three ways to enjoy days 6 to 14 of your menstrual cycle.
This is the second of a four-part series on how to enjoy your menstrual cycle. See also: Part One (Days 1 to 5).
How to enjoy your menstrual cycle: Make out
Your oestrogen level rises as your body prepares itself to get pregnant, and this also ups the concentration of feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Testosterone production is amped up during this time as well. “This is when you’ll have renewed energy and a heightened sex drive,” adds Dr Christopher Chong, consultant obstetrician, gynaecologist and urogynaecologist from Chris Chong Women & Urogynae Clinic.
How to enjoy your menstrual cycle: Feel more attractive
As you approach ovulation, the surge in hormones will also make you feel more attractive, says Dr Tan Thiam Chye, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Department of Obstretics and Gynaecology in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. You might subconsciously start wearing more makeup or flirty dresses too.
In a study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 88 women were asked to draw pictures of outfits they planned to wear to a hypothetical party. Women in the fertile phase of their cycles were likelier to draw sexier, more revealing outfits – even when they were already in happy, long-term relationships. The authors speculate that committed women were “inclined to increase their attractiveness in order to remain competitive with members of the opposite sex for their mates’ attention”.
Your partner may be more drawn to you as well. According to research published in the journal Hormones and Behavior, men are more attracted to women at this time of the month. Other studies show that they find a woman’s dance moves, as well as her voice and smell, more attractive in the days leading up to ovulation, says Dr Tan.
How to enjoy your menstrual cycle: Heightened mental function for better presentations
Oestrogen also improves your mental function. A study published in the journal Psychological Medicine found that women in the mid-follicular phase (around days six to 10) of their cycles were more verbally fluent than those in the late luteal phase (around days 16 to 28). “It’s a good time of the month to schedule your important assignments and presentations,” adds Dr Chong.