Is Menstruation our Friend or Foe?

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Is it possible that how we feel about menstruation shapes our experience as menstruating women? The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research believes so. Years ago members published a paper citing research on how not only cultural attitudes, but media marketing affects our menstrual experience. That may be part of the equations – but as you have heard read my blogs you are also aware that we know have a strong environmental influence on how painful or uncomfortable our cycles are.

I have been a big proponent of understanding how to live with your mind, mood and hormone cycle (Gee! I even wrote a book about it…) – the circadian rhythms of life – the endocrine rhythm – the predictable pattern that will reflect our attitudes and emotions.

I am so delighted that a new age of women are emerging who are embracing menstruation as a natural empowering process. scared roller coaster ride

And now there’s an app for that!

I have actually been in touch with Dana Michelle Gillespie for awhile – a beautiful aspiring your woman – who ordered my book I might add – but who also intuitively understand the importance of education, and wisdom to re-claim what is indeed one of the most powerful aspects of being a woman.

If you consider menstruation your foe, I can guarantee many moons of pain and discomfort – perhaps even infertility – and a definite roller coaster ride into menopause.

If you can re-shape your thinking to embrace not only menstruation – but your entire body – ’cause let’s face it there are many parts of our body we do not like – menstruation is the “eeeww” part… you will begin to’ trust’ yourself instead of having to ‘control’ yourself – or worse yet – be controlled by the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

No more foe – time to flow.
Welcome to the next level in female wellness.

What If We Stopped Thinking of Periods as the Enemy?


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If you think that “periods” and “pole-dancing” are two phrases that should never be uttered in the same sentence, Dana Michelle Gillespie is here to prove you wrong. She’s created My Moontime, an app that allows her to better know and understand her menstrual cycle, and use that information to optimize every aspect of her life, hence the previous scenario. Unlike other so-called period tracker apps on the market, My Moontime does more than just tell you when you ought to carry a tampon in your purse or when you might feel PMS-y. Our periods are just one part of a hormone cycle that affects how we think, feel, and act through each phase, and not just in a negative way – certain times our hormones align to make us especially creative, analytical, communicative, or energetic. Taking advantage of that alignment can help women give birth to, as Dana says, a whole lot more than just a baby.

We seem to be at an important juncture in history in terms of breaking the silence on periods — with Lena Dunham openly discussing her struggle with endometriosis and tennis player Heather Watson talking about the impact of her period on her sport — but it appears to skew to the negative. Women seem to be more willing to discuss their periods, but what they’re saying is often that it’s just suffering and pain and difficulty. What’s your feeling about that?

I’m so excited that we’re talking about menstruation publicly period! Listening to females speak their truth is great. It’s their truth — now let’s work from that.

What’s your own personal history with menstruation? Have you always been more positive about that female experience?

No — I actually had a challenging time originally accepting my menstruation. I was very self-conscious growing up and unfortunately believed that I always had to be perfect. And part of that perfect perception was that females were to look and act perfect, never went to the restroom, bled, all that. Essentially numb from the neck down. It wasn’t fun or rewarding. Yet at the same time — I always felt very close with my menstruation. It was interesting.

How does our perception of periods as a culture impact our experience of periods as individual women?

A lot. The more permission we give culturally to talk honestly about our periods, the more it allows each individual to feel comfortable talking and relating to it — male or female.

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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.

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