The next part of the female hormone cycle is called the luteal phase. This is when progesterone levels rise, and estrogen levels drop. Progesterone’s job is to thicken the lining of your uterus in preparation, so that the egg you released during ovulation can successfully attach and grow inside your uterus (if it was fertilized). On Days 21 to 24, progesterone reaches its peak.
After this, if your egg wasn’t fertilized, progesterone levels start to drop, signalling your body to start breaking down the lining of your uterus, as it is no longer needed.
This is when girls and women may start to experience symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Read more here about PMS, what it is, and how to deal with it. Now you know exactly what it means when people say they’re hormonal!
Then, your body starts all over again with Day 1 of your menstrual cycle.