5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Period – From a Women’s Health Coach

Written by: Jessica Ortner

Let’s uncover some common misconceptions about periods and learn how EFT Tapping for menstrual problems can help.

Long gone are the days when talking about periods is taboo and women have to suffer in silence. I remember the first time I heard Nicole speak and I realized how little I understood about my own body. Most of us don’t grow up understanding our menstrual cycle. 

Nicole Jardim, a trailblazer in women’s health, is here with us today to challenge what we know about our periods, delving into the often overlooked truths about the menstrual cycle. 

From dismissing the ‘normalcy’ of menstrual discomfort, to empowering you with strategies for finding solutions to period problems, Nicole’s expertise illuminates a path to better understanding your body and finding the relief you deserve. 

Ready to see your period in a whole new light? 

In a minute, we’re going to dive into 5 surprising facts with you that could transform your relationship with your menstrual health.

We’ll also talk about how to use EFT Tapping for menstrual problems so you can finally find relief from nagging issues.

But first, let’s meet Nicole.

Meet Nicole Jardim

Nicole Jardim, women's health coach, sitting and smiling at camera in living room

Nicole Jardim is a Certified Women’s Health Coach, author of Fix Your Period, and the creator of the Fix Your Period Collective, a first-of-its-kind membership experience that provides an interactive roadmap to help women achieve lasting hormone balance and improve everything from PMS, period pain, and heavy periods to irregular and missing periods.

Nicole is also the founder of the Institute for Menstrual Health, which offers training programs, mentorship, and resources for an international community of women’s health practitioners and coaches. 

Finally, Nicole is the host of The Period Party, a top-rated podcast.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Period

#1. Period problems aren’t “normal.”

Period and menstrual cycle issues are often misunderstood, minimized, and dismissed. They’re seen as “normal.” And we are encouraged to suffer in silence.

But while many women have period problems, it isn’t “normal.” You’re not supposed to be doubled over in pain every month, constantly wondering when your next period will be, or perpetually dreading the week before your period. 

It’s not the way your body is designed, and suffering through is not the way it has to be. 

And this brings us to #2…

#2. Menstrual issues are not a life sentence. You have the power to change how you feel.

Throughout your cycle, you may experience all sorts of different symptoms. 

You might even feel like your body and your life are completely out of control, experiencing things like bloating, pain, acne, appetite changes, gut issues, sleep problems, headaches, lowered libido, anxiety, irritability, and brain fog… the list of period problems could go on and on.

But here’s the thing. Period problems are not a life sentence.

One of the biggest myths out there is that menstrual issues are not fixable. They are! 

There are biological explanations for the physical symptoms, the mood swings, all of it. And there are things you can do to make a difference when it comes to your period and your overall health.

You have the power to ask questions, to look closer, to speak up, and to search for solutions. 

You have the power to create positive changes and to nourish and care for your body every single day.

You have the power to be an advocate for yourself and to not stop until you get the answers you need.

Change doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible. The first step is feeling empowered to work with your body and find solutions, not stopping until you get the care you deserve. From there, you can find a support team to help you, try new things, and make your way forward one step at a time.

Want to empower yourself to create the positive changes in your menstrual health that you deserve? Give this Tapping for menstrual problems meditation a try – it’s led by Nicole herself!

Tapping for menstraal problems meditation in The Tapping Solution App

#3. Symptoms are messages from the body telling you that something needs to shift. 

While some mild symptoms like light cramping, mood changes, and more can be expected during any given cycle, if menstrual symptoms ever become more severe or disruptive to your daily life, it is likely a sign from your body that something is off.

More extreme symptoms are often messages from your body, telling you that something in your life needs to shift.

Whenever you notice menstrual symptoms – be it pain, headaches, irritability, or more – it’s important to ask yourself: What is my body trying to tell me? What can I learn from the messages it is sending my way?

You might find that your body is asking you to slow down, cancel plans, drink more water, be kinder to yourself, or something else.

Dealing with different menstrual cycle symptoms? Try out these sessions on Tapping for menstrual problems to explore what’s going on and help yourself find relief:

Tapping for menstrual problems meditation - Menstrual pain and cramp relief Tapping for menstrual problems meditation - headache and migraine relief Tapping for menstrual problems meditation - muscle ache and pain relief Tapping for menstrual problems meditation - irritability relief Tapping for menstrual problems meditation - premenstrual symptom reliever

#4. Stress is most likely influencing your cycle.

Period challenges are almost always related to nervous system dysregulation in some way. And much of the time, stress is playing a major role.

When we are stressed and go into fight-or-flight mode, the brain reacts by diverting resources away from bodily functions that aren’t considered vital to immediate survival – like reproduction. 

Stress disrupts something called the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis, which results in our ovaries not working as well. This can lead to an imbalance in sex hormone levels.[1] 

Not to mention, stress also causes inflammation levels to go through the roof… 

All of this can contribute to or exacerbate menstrual cycle issues!

Several studies have documented that when women undergo periods of stress, they are more likely to have issues like irregular or long cycles, painful periods, and premenstrual symptoms.[1-4]

Now of course, stress isn’t your fault! In fact, stress is an inevitable part of all of our lives. 

But it’s vital to have tools to help ourselves regulate our nervous systems and respond to stress effectively – like Tapping

Releasing stress with the help of techniques like Tapping helps your body move into a healing state, and it also helps you become more empowered to explore healing possibilities, find solutions, and better advocate for yourself.

#5. Your period is a time to slow down and nurture yourself.

Have you ever noticed that you feel more tired, withdrawn, introspective, or emotionally vulnerable during your period? 

The bleeding phase of the menstrual cycle is marked by a decline in your sex hormones estrogen and progesterone, which contribute to us feeling that way. This makes it a natural time to want to rest and retreat. 

And this isn’t something to ignore or push through!

Your period isn’t a time to schedule big activities, make big decisions, or stuff your plate full of responsibilities. Instead, it is a time to focus on nurturing yourself. It is a time to reflect and slow down.
Want to practice slowing down and nurturing yourself while on your period?

Try our Period Soother Tapping meditation in the app:

Tapping for menstrual problems - Period Soother Tapping meditation

Tap Along with Nicole in the App

Want more of this menstrual cycle wisdom from Nicole in your life?

We’re thrilled to announce that you can learn, explore, and try Tapping for menstrual problems with Nicole in The Tapping Solution App!

We collaborated with Nicole on 8 Tapping meditations in our Menstrual Cycle Support Category. These sessions, led by Nicole herself, are designed to help you release stress, find relief, and feel supported and empowered throughout your cycle.

Tapping for menstrual problems collection in The Tapping Solution App

Here’s a list of all the meditations available at this time:

  • Menstrual Pain and Cramp Relief
  • Menstrual Headache and Migraine Relief
  • Premenstrual Symptom Reliever
  • Menstrual Muscle Ache and Pain Relief
  • Menstrual Irritability Relief
  • Feeling Down: Menstrual Support
  • Period Soother
  • Menstrual Problems: Finding Peace and Clarity

Tip: Click here on your mobile device to go straight to this category in the app. Or, search for the title in the app!

We LOVE these meditations. And our users are loving Tapping for menstrual problems, too!

I absolutely loved and needed this one and I felt a real shift ❤️

The one for cramps was a HUGE help last week!! I went from an 8 to a 4, and was able to actually get some things done. Thank you for putting this Collection together!!! So many people who menstruate will benefit from these tapping meditations!

Thank you so much for adding the menstrual support collection. I always get migraines and I did the tapping for menstrual migraine today and I can’t thank you enough, so much relief.”

Ready to Fix Your Period? Connect with Nicole Jardim

If you are struggling with menstrual cycle issues, remember this: you aren’t supposed to feel this way. And you have the power to change how you feel!

One of the best things you can do to empower yourself on the healing journey is to seek out support. 

That’s why Nicole created the Fix Your Period Collective, a first-of-its-kind membership that empowers women to reclaim their hormone health. It’s all about giving you the support you need to sort out any and all period problems.

You can find everything Nicole offers at, and you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook for regular insights and inspiration.

Be sure to check out her membership and her life-changing book Fix Your Period: Six Weeks to Banish Bloating, Conquer Cramps, Manage Moodiness, and Ignite Lasting Hormone Balance.

Nicole believes each and every woman deserves to take back control of their own bodies, starting today.

Her work has been incredibly invaluable in my own life, and I hope it is the same for you!

Until next time… Keep Tapping!

Jessica Ortner

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  1. Vigil P, Meléndez J, Soto H, Petkovic G, Bernal YA, Molina S. Chronic Stress and Ovulatory Dysfunction: Implications in Times of COVID-19. Front Glob Womens Health. 2022 May 23;3:866104. 
  2. Yaşar Ö. The effect of perceived stress on menstrual complaints in university students. Women Health. 2024 Apr;64(4):341-349. 
  3. Ozimek N, Velez K, Anvari H, Butler L, Goldman KN, Woitowich NC. Impact of Stress on Menstrual Cyclicity During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: A Survey Study. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2022 Jan;31(1):84-90. 
  4. Singh R, Sharma R, Rajani H. Impact of stress on menstrual cycle: A comparison between medical and non medical students. Saudi Journal for Health Sciences. 2015 May-Aug;4(2):115-119.

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