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The Intentional Mum

Feb 25, 2021

“Lean in to each phase”

In this episode I’m chatting to Cherrelle Slaney, a mum on a mission to prove that menstruating doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. 

Cycle tracking goes beyond simply tracking ovulation and your period but it doesn't have to be complicated (and it definitely doesn’t need to include taking your temperature every day). In this episode of The Intentional Mum, Cherrelle guides us through how to get started with menstrual cycle tracking to find more energy and joy.

You may already know that your period is the low point of your cycle and that ovulation is when you are at the highest energy point. But what about the other parts of our menstrual cycle? And how can we make the most of each phase of our menstrual cycle? Cherrelle breaks down what we need to be looking for and how we can lean in to each phase of our cycle.

We get into the detail of how birth control can affect your cycle (but there’s all sorts of factors for choosing contraception so please choose what is right for you). And we also discuss contraception after having a baby and how your periods might change after pregnancy and breastfeeding (and how it can be scary waiting for them to come back).

Finally Cherrelle shares why she loves sustainable period products and how these took her from miserable periods to joyful ones. Cherrelle talks through the different options beyond just a menstrual cup.

Feeling inspired? You don’t have to wait for day 1 of your period to start tracking your cycle - you can get started straight away.

*If you are worried about your periods or your cycle changes please do speak to a doctor / medical professional to make sure everything is ok*

What we talk about in this episode of The Intentional Mum podcast:

  • Cherrelle’s blog and ebook
  • Taking your temperature to check for ovulation
  • The stages of your menstrual cycle:
    • Menstruation – your period when your energy is at your lowest
    • Pre-ovulation – a phase of rising energy
    • Ovulation – when the ovary releases an egg and the high point in your cycle
    • Pre-menstruation – the luteal phase
  • Ovulation burnout
  • What to do if you have an irregular menstrual cycle
  • Birth control
  • Contraceptive pill
  • Depo injection
  • C-section
  • Copper coil
  • Ovulation pain
  • Menstrual cups
  • Reusable period underwear
  • Cloth sanitary pads
  • Menstrual discs

You can find Cherrelle @cherrelleslaney on Instagram and at

Don't forget to come say hello over on Instagram - @a.minimalist.mother