Lately, I am obsessed with women’s health and the seasons of the menstrual cycle. For the past few months, I’ve been tracking my period and following a diary, writing down how do I feel every day. I am trying to understand my body and my personal pattern. And now I know, that there are some days when I can work like crazy, then other days that I am not able to follow my usual daily routine. Even right now, I am in my inner autumn – really close to my period, and I find the last few days confusing, I am barely able to write this article.
We should talk about our menstrual cycle!
The menstrual cycle is something that we all should talk about. There is no place to be ashamed. We should experience our emotions and feelings because they are all related to everything that happens in our bodies. We can do that when we know and understand the seasons of the menstrual cycle. Unfortunately, living with endometriosis and the effects it may have on your cycles, could be, of course, more difficult.
Knowing the seasons of the menstrual cycle is actually about understanding easier your cycle; it’s about recognizing your own body’s clues so it’s no longer confusing.
Can we live better with Endometriosis?
I’ve been experimenting with this since reading the brilliant “Code Red” by Lisa Lister. This book helped me a lot. Now I know I feel like Superwoman when I’m ovulating, I know I feel depressed and fatigued before I’m due on. But I want to get much, much deeper. Instead of working against my body, I want to work with it all month. I want to be the best I can be when living with endometriosis. I want to know better my body’s needs and natural states, how to work with it to feel good and knowing when to slow down and take care of myself. I want to know more about the seasons of the menstrual cycle, my menstrual cycle.
Like you can read in the book “Code Red”, our period is a four-part lady code. Once cracked (trust me it’s not so difficult) it will uncover a series of monthly superpowers. We should be talking about our cycles and our feminine nature. We are women and we should be proud of that. We have our internal seasons.
There was a time when women honored and celebrated their menstrual cycles. Yes, for real. It was the cycle that moves a woman from a girl to a mother…. Unfortunately for the last 2000 years, we’ve lost our feminine nature. We are no more connected to Mother Earth, moon’s cycles, the seasons. We had become female robots that don’t give a chance to our bodies to experience themselves.
Honor your menstrual cycle!
Unfortunately, society teaches us to disregard the power of your menstrual cycle. We are not talking about our inner seasons – the seasons of the menstrual cycle. Instead, we take pills and hormones for everything. We manage our bleed with synthetic hormones, denying ourselves the experience of living fully in our female powers. That’s what Lisa Listers talks about in Code Red. But living that way we are becoming sicker….we need to remember that we have only one body, we can’t change it. We need to love it! Lisa Lister has endometriosis, and the experience of living with the disease has helped her get in touch with her body again and actually work with it to feel better and manage the disease.
Just stop for a second and think about how many women today have gynecological problems, like endometriosis, fibroids, fertility issues and so much more.
We are women, and we are part of Mother Nature. Nature has its seasons, as do we — especially as women. Many of us force ourselves to carry on through our periods, trying our best to be “normal” and perform without being affected by our periods or hormones – as men would.
But what if instead of suppressing our female biology, we embrace it and work with it?
Here come our inner seasons. Women’s hormone cycles can be broken down into four stages, known as:
You may see these phases also like – inner winter, innerspring, inner summer, and inner autumn.
How much do you know your cycle?
How much do you know about the seasons of the menstrual cycle?
May I ask you something, how much do you know about your cycle? Please don’t tell me that it starts when you are bleeding and stops when you can get pregnant. We all should understand that our cycle has a natural effect on our physical and emotional being. It causes biological changes in us every week, maybe every day, and these have an impact on our bodies, minds, and emotions.
Feminine energy is fluid, it is not consistent, which means at each phase of our menstrual cycle, we show up to life differently. As we move through the different stages of our menstrual cycle (the seasons of the menstrual cycle), managed by various hormones, we walk through different energy levels, moods, and needs. We need to understand that, as Lisa says in her book Code Red.
Instead of comparing ourselves to the men in our office, we can understand how we’re different and harness the strengths of these differences. Instead of wondering what the hell our body wants from us, we can recognize what it needs and when.
Inner Winter – Your Menstruation
The first season I want to bring awareness to is our Winter phase — our period. And yes, this is when your period starts. All we need during that phase is to relax. If you feel that your body needs to rest, if you feel the impulse to be quite, take your time. Your menstruation is time to retreat. It’s all about rest and repair. If you have endometriosis, you know how difficult it is at that time.
Our period starts as a result of the hormone progesterone plummeting. This triggers our body into shedding the womb lining and beginning the bleed, but other things also are going on. Your estrogen levels are deficient at this point, and estrogen affects both happy hormones, dopamine, and serotonin. So, no, you’re not “emotional for no reason,” you’re responding pretty normally to your body’s chemistry. That’s also the reason why you reach for chocolate: Cacao helps create more of these happy hormones. When I crave sweets I make my favorite vegan chocolate avocado mousse, it’s super easy to make.
Our menstruation is the ideal opportunity to slow down
The low levels of some hormones, the bleeding, and cramps make us much more tired, low in energy, and low in mood. Of course, fatigue, pain, and too many emotions can affect our concentration. But don’t give up, girls! Our menstruation is the ideal opportunity to slow down. I know that this could sound almost impossible. Everything is about pushing harder and faster, job, stress…
But we should try to help a bit with our bodies. If you experience too much fatigue during your period, my advice is to get earlier nights during the week. Try to relax a bit more after your busy day, read your favorite book, or watch a cool movie. That’s what I am doing. Ask your partner to help you more when you are at home. Talk to him about your menstrual cycle, explain to him about the seasons of your menstrual cycle. He should understand. I know that for a man it is quite a boring topic but be patient, he will listen to you. Lately, my husband tries to understand my period much more than before.
Let’s go back to our winter. You might find it irritating when family members, partners or friends are asking you to “do things” for them during this phase. Winter is not a time to give to others, but to ourselves. Learning to be self-loving during this time is the healthiest behavior we can adopt for ourselves and our families. I like taking baths, having movie nights at home with my partner, spending the days alone creating or writing/reading in bed, sleeping, and being in nature.
Track your period
There are no rules on how to track your period. Be patient, focus on what your body needs, and follow a diary.
Here is what you can do:
- Improve your daily routine:
If you skip breakfast, work long hours, eat (and drink) late at night, and don’t get enough sleep, how can you expect your period to show up on time?
It’s important to be regular in your routines!
-going to sleep, or at least being horizontal by 11 pm so that your liver can cleanse your blood correctly.
2. Stop being an adrenalin junkey:
When you are stressed, your blood is diverted from your digestive and reproductive systems to vital organs such as your heart and lungs, so that you have enough energy to legit or stay ant have a punch up. The consequence of this is that your reproductive system is regularly being disrupted.
3. Castor Oil Packs, you can read more about how to use it (it’s really good if you have endometriosis) here.
5. Abdominal massage – a deep abdominal massage and back massage improves the flow of blood through the organs and tissues of the reproductive and digestive systems.
I hope you get something out of this post! I would love to hear from you about your menstrual cycle and how do you experience it?