TUNE INTO YOUR CYCLE
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE?
Day 1-7: MENSTRUAL PHASE
During these days, sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) levels are their lowest, as it is BBT (basal body temperature). The lining of the uterus and the unfertilised egg is shed. It is considered healthy to bleed between 4-6days and then stop abruptly. The color of the blood should be bright red (like when skin repairs after a cut) and the texture should be a combination of watery and fibrous kind of tissue (like dead skin). When the color is more brownish or clots are present, this may indicate some blood stagnation (according to Chinese medicine).
Rest or at least slow down!
In some Asian countries, such as Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, the law recognises Menstrual Leave policy. Women are entitled to take time off work for this period and still get paid.
Let the blood flow! (avoid using tampons as they block the natural flow)
Be aware that some contraceptive pills suppress ovulation, making the uterus lining very thin; they may also disrupt the cervical mucus and often contain copper which is toxic for the body
Day 7-14: POST MENSTRUATION (Follicular phase)
The pituitary gland secretes FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone) that initiates the development of the ovarian follicle, which matures and secretes oestrogen. As oestrogen raises, the endometrium is stimulated to re-grow and the cervix opens and secrete a fertile mucus, to help the sperm surviving and reaching the egg.
Eat very well! - you need to support the renewal of your energy and blood (especially if feeling weak)
Day 14-21: OVULATION
Oestrogen levels are at their peak; an egg ready to be fertilised, is discharged into the abdominal cavity, then grabbed by the fallopian tubes to provide a pathway to the uterus. The cervix secretes a stretchy mucus to help sperm reaching the egg. BBT peaks a couple of days after ovulation.
If you experience pain during ovulation, apply a hot water bottle to your abdomen/back to relax the pelvis and Rest!!
Day 21-28: POST OVULATION
Blood increases and the lining of the uterus thickens to prepare for fecundation.
A positive mindset is necessary in any healing journey. Exploring the power of thoughts and noticing what positive/negative patterns they bring about, can help to connect and learn more about ourselves. Any woman who doesn’t believe in her healing power, has less chances of rebalancing her health naturally.
Visualisation and Affirmations can empower the mind and create positive thought patterns.
Meditation can teach us how to breath deeply, which in turn activates the parasympathetic nervous system calming the mind and emotions.
Self observation and reflection are useful tools to listen to our real needs.
Tune into your body and recognise different symptoms through the diverse phases of your cycle!
You may start a daily/weekly journal and take some notes throughout the month and
Do i observe any physical, emotional and mental change pattern?
How do I support myself with these changes?
What part of the cycle am I more comfortable in and which is most difficult?
What happens during the transition between times?
Try to become aware of repeating pattern and learn to recognise them before they overwhelm you. Listen to your body and meet your needs.
Develop your intuition and learn to trust it!
Become aware of your weaknesses,
be thankful to them and see them as guidelines for behaviour,
not as things to feel bad about.
If we are able to look at them in this way,
they may point us in a better direction
and teach us how to take better
care of ourselves.