The Menstrual Cycle

The Cycling Female: Her Menstrual Rhythm

  by Allen Lein

The higher centers of the brain have impact on the (menstrual) cycle and can even stop the cycle and prevent ovulation and the menstrual period. This great influence of the brain leads me to speculate about the possibility that the menstrual cycle might someday be brought under the control of the conscious and deliberate will. Such an idea may seem preposterous, but in recent years evidence has been presented to show that such things as heart rate and blood pressure, earlier believed to be completely under automatic regulation, may be subject to some willful control. This kind of control is, in fact, under exploration for the treatment of certain types of heart disease. Imagine the importance of discovering a way of willfully preventing LH surge and ovulation and thereby creating anovulatory cycles. Such an idea may sound like science fiction, but knowledge of the menstrual cycle has reached a point where this may be worth thinking about.”


Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.