Have you ever noticed how her libido ebbs and flow at different times? Do you ever wonder why on some nights she is very horny and really wants you, yet on other nights, she needs some coaxing? Do you know that her libido is controlled by her hormones which can fluctuate on a daily basis depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle? Would you like to know the sexual implications about the changes in her hormone levels?
One of the ingredients of great sex is it should be mutually enjoyable and fulfilling. It therefore helps a lot that as guys, we should have a good understanding about the hormonal changes happening in a woman’s body and how these can affect her sexual desire.
4 Hormones Influencing Her Monthly Menstrual Cycle
(1) Follicle-stimulating hormone is responsible for stimulating the ovarian follicles (the tiny sacs of eggs) to grow.
(2) Estrogen is produced by specialized cells within the developing follicles. When this hormone reaches the blood stream, it will build up the lining of the uterus in expectation of a fertilized egg. It also thins the mucus in the cervix (the narrow outer end of the uterus) to make it easier for the sperm to reach and fertilize the egg.
(3) Luteinizing hormone triggers the egg to break from the follicle (sac). It also causes the broken follicle to grow new cells that produce the progesterone.
(4) Progesterone causes the lining of the uterus to secrete protein-rich substances for nourishing the egg if it is fertilized. If not, these substances will be drained out of her body together with her menses. This hormone also helps to thicken the cervical mucus to make it more difficult for the sperm to reach the uterus.
The rise and fall of estrogen and progesterone seem to be responsible for the shifting physical and psychological sensations many women experience in their monthly cycles. When estrogen is in command (during the 1st half of menstrual cycle), women tend to feel better both physically and emotionally, more self-assured and less irritable.
When progesterone is on the rise (during the 2nd half of menstrual cycle), women tend to have more negative feelings such as low esteem, impatience and lethargy. They may also experience more physical ailments such as headaches, swollen ankles and muscle fatigue. Therefore, when she turns down your sexual advance claiming she has a headache, she may not be lying to you. These shifts are tendencies that may not happen to every woman. The intensity of these changes also varies from woman to woman and from month to month for each woman.
The average length of the menstrual cycle is 29.5 days. It is normal for women to have a cycle ranging from 15-49 days. Most women’s cycles get shorter as they age, from an average of 35 days during teen years to 28 days by mid 30s. The length of menstruation also varies among women from 2-8 days. A variety of factors can shorten the cycle from month to month, including crash diets, stress, excessive exercise and prolonged use of contraceptive. Some research indicates that a sexually active female (having sex at least once a week) tends to have a shorter and more regular menstrual cycle.
How The 4 Phases Of Menstrual Cycle Affects Female Sexual Desires
(1) Bleeding Or Menstruation Phase (Day Number 1 To 5)
The bleeding can last from 2-8 days. A woman may feel depressed and normally little or no sexual activities.
(2) Pre-Ovulatory Phase (Day Number 6 To 14)
Estrogen continues to rise and peak on around the 12th-14th day as her body is getting ready to ovulate. The lining of the uterus begins to thicken and cervical muscles get thinner making it easier for the sperm to enter the uterus. During this period, she is feeling confident and is in the mood for romance. The 10th-14th day will be a good time for some long, slow romantic lovemaking.
(3) Ovulation Phase On The 14th Day (Peak Sexual Desire Day)
On this day, she is at her peak desire (if she is not taking birth control pills) with her eggs readies to drop and her testosterone spiking. Men will flirt with her today too, since she is giving off an animalistic level of pheromones. If you want to get her pregnant, today is the perfect day. Today is a great day for quickie sex as she wants you a lot and probably more than once. She is most likely to be multi-orgasmic today, so be sure to satisfy her any way you can.
(4) Premenstrual Phase (Day Number 15 To 29)
Within 24-28 hours after ovulation, her body temperature will increase by about 0.5 to 1 degree and stays there for several days. Cervical mucus gets thicker making it difficult for the sperm to enter the uterus. Progesterone continues to rise and peak on around the 22nd day. Some women will have bad mood during this period.
However, some sex researchers discover that women have a 2nd stretch of days during this period when they tend to be more sexually active. This resurgence of sexual desire may be caused by the sudden drop in progesterone that occurs after the 22nd day. It is believed that high levels of progesterone suppress female libido so when the level falls, her desire will go up.
On a daily basis, the best time to have sex will be between 9 am to 12 noon, when estrogen levels are at the highest. The bad time for intercourse is between 6 pm to midnight when estrogen levels are at the lowest. This is a problem because most working activities are organized in the day time and most people can have sex on evening except on weekends.
This implies that for evening sex to be mutually enjoyable, a lot of foreplay (touching, manual and oral stimulation, dirty talking, role-playing, sex toys, lubricants) plus patience is needed to get her in the mood. In places that have 4 seasons, female libido is at the peak at around late summer period which explains why a lot of births occur at around early summer.