Before I started studying the biology of the female reproductive system, I always thought of my moon time (aka “period”) as the end of the menstrual cycle, but it is actually the beginning. Your uterus works to develop a cushioning of tissue in the latter half of your menstrual cycle so that in the event of conception, the embryo/fetus is protected within the womb throughout a pregnancy. If you do not conceive in any given cycle, your uterus then starts to thin out and contract - this is when you may experience mild to severe abdominal cramps which help to eliminate the tissue the uterus no longer needs to sustain an embryo; again, this is commonly referred to as the start of your period. It marks the beginning of your follicular phase, which then ends with ovulation (the releasing of an egg). Once ovulation has occurred, your body enters into the luteal phase in which the thickening of the uterus occurs until the cycle ends and your period once again begins (a healthy cycle will generally last between 21 & 35 days). Being in tune with your own unique cycle and charting your symptoms throughout the month can help you indicate if there are any reproductive health problems, thyroid issues, hormone imbalances, lack of fertility or presence of fertility, and so much more. I’ll go into detail about the four stages of the menstrual cycle and what you can learn within each phase in future posts! Stay tuned✨
When you move into a new house for the umpteenth time, you weren’t expecting it to be any different. New school, same cliques. You had gotten used to being invisible. But this time, someone sees you. Steve is the popular boy next door, quickly becoming one of your best friends, and perhaps more. That is, unless Bucky can do anything about it.
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Graduation had opened a new, weird, door for you and Bucky. The barbecue had been more fun than you expected it to be, finding that Nat was actually hilarious. Jabs were shot between everyone, but all in good humour. It had gotten to the point you’d all said worse to each other so a bit of harmless fun was fine. When everyone had left, you and Bucky went upstairs and passed out in your bed, opting to have the dreaded conversation in the morning.
When you wake up the following morning you find Bucky already awake, trailing his fingers down your arm.
“So.” Bucky starts when both of you are comfortable. “This has been a long time coming right?”
“Yeah.” You sigh, pulling Bucky’s arm around you and resting your head on his chest. “Where do you want to start?”
“Tell you what. Let’s do this twenty questions style. I’ll ask, you answer. Then we alternate until we’re done.”
“Sure let’s do it. You wanna go first?” You ask, tilting your head to look up at him.