Holy Hormones Journal: My colleague Gabriella Guglielminotti Trivel wrote this excellent article about an important aspect of the premenstrual phase of our cycle that is often overlooked. We are so used to the medical terms for PMS and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), and the medical diagnosis, we forget that their might be an even deeper spiritual aspect to our sinking into the depths of depression and anxiety. And one that could be avoided if we changed our lifestyle and awareness. Instead of living on the testosterone track that drives our society, we need to be honoring the waxing and waning of our cycle and learn to dance to that rhythm.
What if instead of medications, we focused on living with the phases of our hormone cycle. My friends, sister and colleague is sharing this information with women in the UK and around the world – as are so many other women who are tired of being medicalized by the system.
Endocrine – menstrual rhythm is a vital aspect of our life…. it is the basis of the fundamental nature of women – and yet, it is the one thing that women are not taught about our bodies. And that leaves us marginalized, medicalized and victimized.
How different would be feel about our menstrual cycle if we re-shaped our perceptions and changed our language. That we spoke of it in honor and not disdain.
Gabriella also writes about the medical diagnosis and of PMS and PMDD before leading up to this beautiful passage which I excerpted.
Is Your Life Run by Pre Menstrual Stress?
Life Change: The Revolution
By Gabriella Guglielminotti Trivel
As I am a Feminine Cycle Consultant and help women understand, appreciate and track their feminine cycle to improve the quality of their lives, I thought it was time for me to speak about this much debated topic, that affects so many women in our society: the Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)…..
My view about PMS
I put on my Sherlock Holmes hat and did some thinking about this, as I really feel a deep desire to help women and make them aware of how wondrous and marvellous our feminine body is, including our feminine cycle.
With what I now know about my feminine cycle, having tracked it and observed it for almost thirty years, some facts became quite clear in my mind.
PMS generally hits after a woman has ovulated and is entering slowly into her luteal phase or premenstrual phase. In this phase a woman starts experiencing a very different energy from her follicular (pre ovulatory) phase and her ovulatory phase.
She starts withdrawing from the outer world and her related activities to look more into her own inner world and see what is really important to her. From a very masculine and active energy (preovulatory and ovulatory phase) she goes into a more reflective and feminine energy that draws her attention to nurture her inner world and looks for what is not working in her life.
This time of the month can be very useful and productive for a woman, if she doesn’t get distracted by everything else happening around her. Emotionally she becomes more sensitive and vulnerable, as clarity marches into her existence and sheds light on what needs to be shed and left behind.
Considering all of this, I wonder if it might be a pure coincidence that, in this phase, women tend to experience more physical challenges than in the other phases of their cycle …
In this time of the month a woman tends to say ‘no’ more than ‘yes’, if she is aware of herself and owns her own authority, rather than keep focusing on everybody else’s needs.
Could it be that her body is simply trying to make her aware that she should pay more attention to herself?
Also in this phase, a woman needs more rest. So, if she keeps doing business as usual, so to speak, she might feel drained and depleted and, as a consequence, more irritable.
Could a bit more rest and a bit more self-pampering maybe help her to feel better, instead of keeping on ignoring the things that are not working in her life? What if she would just listen to that inner voice and start acting upon it?
Just speaking out one’s own truth is not always enough and sometimes action is required to feel better!