Menstruation Talk

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Most females do not have menstrual period until puberty and the average age is around 12, but for some females they can experience a menstrual period a little sooner than 12 years of age. Once the female experiences menstruation, it then continues regularly until menopause (age 45-60).

The menstrual period is the periodic shedding of the lining of a woman's uterus. It is one of the phases of the menstrual cycle where the uterine lining breaks down into a bloody substance. The body then passes the bloody tissue down through the cervix and exits through the vagina opening. The process can last about three to five days, but it is different for every women.

Keep in mind that a regular menstrual period can vary for each women. For example for some women, a menstrual cycle can  last 2 days and  for others, 5, 7, or even 8 days. It can also last a different number of days from one month to the next. This is normal.

Day 1-7: Is referred to as a period. Women and girls experience their periods when an egg has not been fertilized by a sperm. During this phase, the body is shedding blood and tissue from the walls of the uterus. According to Northrup, period regularity is determined by a complex interaction between the brain (hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and temporal lobes), the ovaries, and the uterus.

Period patterns can change with changes in seasons, lighting conditions, diet, or travel, or during times of family stress. Molimina is a group of "symptoms" resulting from normal cyclic hormonal changes in the body. These include a slight premenstrual redistribution of body fluid, often experienced as "bloating" or slightly tender breast, slight abdominal cramping, mood changes associated with being in a more reflective, less active state [Northrup, 149.]

Menstruation fluids can vary for each women due to different cycles. The flow of their body fluid may be heavy or light and it can vary in color from pink to red to brown. Menstruation is a beautiful natural process and it's a healthy sign of being a women/girl.

The Office on Women's Health  created a brief and simple questionnaire below to help women keep track of their menstrual cycle by marking a calendar the day you start your period. As you begin to adapt writing down your results, you will see after a few months, you can begin to see if your periods are regular or if your cycles are different each month.

Keep the following questions in mind.
  • PMS symptoms: Did you have cramping, headaches, moodiness, forgetfulness, bloating, or breast tenderness?
  • When your bleeding begins: Was it earlier or later than expected?
  • How heavy was your blood on the heavies day: Was the bleeding heavier or lighter than usual? How many pads or tampons did you use?
  • Period symptoms: Did you have pain or bleeding on any days that caused you to miss school or work?
  • How many days your period lasted: Was your period shorter or longer than the month before 
According to Jardim, during the week of your first day, you energy is the lowest in your cycle and you may feel tired and withdrawn. You may want to rest more than usual, or even take the day off. I know that a whole day off might not be possible, but introducing some quietness and deliberate rest time can be tremendously helpful. If you're pressed for time, your rest time could even look like a short walk or three minutes of deep breathing.

The more women/girls know about their menstruation symptoms and cycle, the more they learn about their inner body guidance. Menstruation cycles can be the beginning to heal hormonally and emotionally. After my second miscarriage, I remember feeling relieved because I didn't know if I would ever bleed again. I had sensed fear and doubt with my own body, but when my cycle started again, I felt more inward and more connected to my pain and the pain that existed in the world.

When your menstruation cycle starts, I would like to you to honor the flow like when you see ocean tides rush to the shore. Envision your bleed circulating through your pelvic area, inhale and exhale, gently sweep your hair behind your ear and welcome the flow. Remember, the menstruation cycle is set up to teach us about life. When we menstruate and feel fragile, we need to rest and take care of ourselves for a day or two (Northrup, 108). As a women/ girl we need to comfort our bodies with gratitude, grace and embrace that we hold a sacred place right in our very own bodies. 



Keep in Mind
Your  menstruation cycle is your inner Wild Feminine power. 
Become familiar with your body, symptoms and flow.
Love and Gather Your Spiritual Energy 

Actions steps for your firs day of menstruation: Clear your day from attending any big social events and treat yourself to a massage, meditation and a warm bath with Epsom salt, so your body can feel nourished externally and internally. Keep a journal around, so you may write down your feelings and reflect about what the day meant for you. Allow yourself to be expressive, so you can heighten your awareness and intentions for self love. If you like to exercise, remember to be gentle because your pelvis area will appreciated it. You can probably do an easy cardio workout or try certain types of yoga movements that will bring comfort vs pain.  

References:

  • Northrup, C. The Menstrual Cycle (p. 149 and 108)
  • Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, womenshealth.gov (or girlshealth.gov)
  • Nicole Jardim. Women's Hormonal Health Coach and Creator of Fix Your Period

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