How To Find Your Venus
If you are of reproductive age, are not pregnant, and are wondering if you have a Venus Week, consider the following questions. Keep in mind that if you are on the pill, or hormonal birth control of any kind, your Venus will be muted somewhat; however, these questions will still be pertinent but may be more challenging to decipher.
- Are you having regular periods?
- Do you notice changes in your mood in the two weeks before you start your period?
- Do you notice a change in physical symptoms after the middle of your cycle, such as breast tenderness and water retention?
- Do you notice a difference in your sensual thoughts, fantasies, or dreams as they relate to your menstrual cycle?
- Do you experience changes in mucous from your cervix, typically going from a slightly gummy texture to one that is slippery and stretchy, like clear egg-whites?
- Do you notice that monthly you have a set of days during which you feel less distracted, your clothes seem to fit better, you feel fewer cravings than usual, and are even less hungry?
If you answered yes to more than one of these questions -- you are probably experiencing your Venus Week. If you want to be absolutely sure that you know when your Venus Week is occurring, click below to read about three ways that can help you find your Venus Week.
Three Ways to Find Your Venus
Journal Your Cycle
A great way to get in touch with all phases of your cycle is to keep a journal. Start with the first day of your menstrual period, and then jot down your dominant thoughts and feelings each day. Note any dreams, especially if they are erotic or sensual. If you notice changes in your cervical mucous or discharge, record this also. When you have kept the journal for at least two months, count back twenty-two or twenty-three days from the start of your last period and examine your feelings on that day, and the following six to eight days. Often you will see a correlation with a feeling of well-being, increased energy, or peaked sexual interest; this is your Venus Week.
As a companion to The Venus Week, we have created a journal that will enable you to capture your thoughts, feelings and track your temperature. The Venus Week Journal is available through Amazon.
Temperature Tracking Chart
The basal body temperature chart, familiar to so many women who have investigated their fertility, is a useful and inexpensive way to chart your hormone fluctuations. Use a reliable oral thermometer first thing in the morning, the results are usually very clear.
Take your temperature after waking up each morning and plot it on a chart. Let’s say you’ve been keeping a chart, and you notice a change from an average of 96+ degrees to 97+ or so in the first half of your cycle. After the Minerva phase sets in (after ovulation), progesterone will push the average temperature up a degree or more to the 98+ range. Think of the change almost as if you are an incubator . . . a little warmer. No, this is not the cause of hot flashes, and most women do not perceive this change, but if you have not kept track all month and you are wondering, “Is my Venus over?” a quick check with the thermometer may tell you.
See the example of a basal body temperature chart. Click here to download a blank chart to use at home.
Ovulation Predictor Kit
If you want more objective proof, or you are trying to map out the height of your fertile time, a drugstore ovulation predictor kit can help identify peak Venus. These kits measures LH (luteinizing hormone), which is sent out from the brain as estrogen rises in late Venus. LH must peak to facilitate true ovulation. These kits usually measure the LH rise that precedes ovulation in your urine. This surge usually lasts forty-eight to fifty hours—two very key days -- the peak Venus or what I call the “Aphrodite Days”. Follicle rupture—the actual release of the egg from the surface of the ovary—usually follows the initiation of the LH surge within twenty-four to thirty-six hours.
Note: If you are on hormonal birth control, your ovulation is usually supressed and the best method for finding your Venus is the journal method.