As explained within my video this month we are focusing on tracking your cycle with a difference!
If you already follow me you know that new moons are an excellent time for setting intentions for the month ahead or even for a season. Today, November 26th 2019 I have pulled 2 #fertilityinspiration cards for us to focus on this month.
Tracking your cycle
The 1st card is card 8 – menstruation. We shall focus on this within this article but overall this month we will be combining our focus with the second card – card 17 Gratitude. What a wonderful combination because we forget that menstruation is something to be truly grateful for.
Gratitude: This month I ask you to complete a gratitude exercise daily. In this instance, I would like it to relate to your cycle and the symptoms we are tracking. You can either do this as the card suggests, or complete a daily gratitude journal or use the creative womb mandala (see below) to place kind and positive words into it daily.
PUT SIMPLY we are filling our reproductives with LOVE.
Here are some examples
Even though I feel anxious today I love and respect myself. My emotions today highlighted my need for self love. I love giving myself a hug. Feeling sexy has made me feel great today. I love these days – when I feel energised and creative. Thank you for that great nights sleep!
Tracking your cycle
This month my focus invites you to track your menstrual cycle. I encourage you to try this because it helps listen to your monthly cycle and explore how it speaks to you.
This is really important because
- A healthy menstrual cycle has two very different and specific halves
- helps you realise what is “your normal”
- helps you identify where and when your cyclic imbalances may be arising.
- Helps you understand your ovulation window
- Understand your cyclic imbalances (such as extreme emotion, painful sex, cyclic vaginal bacteria, extreme blood loss, period pain; PMS and PMDD; erratic menses due to oestrogen drops i.e. peri menopause, polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, etc etc). These are becoming so common most people just accept it as a normal symptom of menstruation. But believe me – it is not normal so let’s find out where you are!
- Follow the immune system of your reproductive tract
- Connect with the sacred energy cycle and the personal power it brings.
I am post menopausal but I still continue to connect with a cycle. I may not bleed but still have energy flows. When I was having a monthly cycle I always knew when my period was due because I became manic around my house and clinic – re-arranging furniture organising and cleaning my home and clinic space. These days I connect with my “moon cycle” more energetically – moods, dreams, intuition, fatigue, libido, body heat and bowel movements.
Put simply the menstrual cycle is a symphony of hormones, with specific timing and levels. Each hormone connects to provide a cyclic hormone orchestra for you to be at your best. In order for the menstrual cycle to occur monthly, many other hormones need to be in place including, the adrenal hormones, thyroid hormones and insulin. As we age our egg reserve reduces and eventually our cycling appears to stop. Well – the bleed stops but I still believe we cycle!
The menstrual cycle begins in the brain with a signalling chemical released from the basal part of the brain called the hypothalamus which triggers a drop in the levels of the female hormones from the previous cycle.
Christine Northrup MD explains “The menstrual cycle is the most basic, earthy cycle we have. Our blood is our connection to the archetypal feminine. The macrocosmic cycles of nature, the waxing and waning, the ebb and flow of the tides and the changes of the seasons, are reflected on a smaller scale in the menstrual cycle of the individual female body. The monthly ripening of an egg and subsequent pregnancy or release of menstrual blood mirror the process of creation as it occurs not only in nature, unconsciously, but in human endeavor. In many cultures, the menstrual cycle has been viewed as sacred”
So how are we going to track this month? It’s easy.
menopause hormone tracker – for those of you who are peri-menopausal, post menopausal or who have had a hysterectomy.
If you have any symptoms that I have not added to my trackers please add them on!
Tracking your cycle with the moon
Print off your gratitude mindful womb template
Buy the Creation Fertility Toolkit #fertilityinspiration – Justine Evans
References or learn more
Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, by Christiane Northrup, M.D., Chapter 5, “The Menstrual Cycle”
Honoring Menstruation: A Time of Self-Renewal, by Lara Owen
A Time to Celebrate, by Joan Morais
Yoni Shakti – Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Moonology – Yasmin Boland
Moontime – Lucy Pearce
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Wira, C., 1996. Mucosal Immunity: The Primary Interface Between the Patient and the Outside World in “The ABC’s of Immunology,” course syllabus, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, September 20–21, 1996.
Hampson, E., Kimura, D., 1988. Reciprocal effects of hormonal fluctuations on human motor and perceptual skills, Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 102:456–59.
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Justine Evans ND – Hormone Alchemist is the founder of Creation Fertility and it’s products. She connects life with natural cycles and seasons, integrating Western science with nutritional therapy, traditional medicine and yogic philosophy. A Registered Naturopath, Nutritional therapist, Reiki Master/ Teacher, and well women yoga therapist Justine connects with Goddess energy and runs a private hormone health and fertility clinic in Surrey, London.