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Is Your Menstrual Cycle Really Connected to the Lunar Cycle?

What myths and scientific publications have in common is they are both grounded in human nature. As humans, we seek understanding and explanation for the world around us, and our inquisition has resulted in different methods emerging throughout time.

Across the centuries, one of the main characters within these methods has been the moon. As a force that is both metaphorically and literally out of our world, the moon has been associated as a key agent of change, serving as an explanation for everything from the tides to varied species’ behaviors to periods of change (yes, I’m talking about werewolves!). Most often, major mythologies and works of literature associate the moon with femininity and fertility.

The celestial body’s significance in our lives have encouraged many to study it further and provide more insight into how the world around us works. For example, lunaception, popularized by Louise Lacey in the 70s and 80s, is a practice that synchronizes one’s menstrual cycle with the phases of the moon in order to predict ovulation and hormonal balance. While limited research exists to validate this, two recent studies published in January 2021 revealed that the relationship between menstruation and the moon are more intertwined than previously believed.

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Does the moon affect life on earth?

It has been hypothesized that the moon affected human behavior within pre-industrial communities on the basis that moonlight modulates nocturnal in a variety of species. For example, bats decrease their activity during full moons, oysters open their shells more during new moons, and songbirds sing their morning songs earlier during full moons. Similar to how the moon is portrayed as passive within some folklore, mythologies, and literary pieces, the moon’s effects on living beings is subtle (certainly not as observable as a werewolf transformation, but still observable!).

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It has been hypothesized that the moon affected human behavior within pre-industrial communities on the basis that moonlight modulates nocturnal in a variety of species. For example, bats decrease their activity during full moons, oysters open their shells more during new moons, and songbirds sing their morning songs earlier during full moons. Similar to how the moon is portrayed as passive within some folklore, mythologies, and literary pieces, the moon’s effects on living beings is subtle (certainly not as observable as a werewolf transformation, but still observable!).

It’s 2021 and our options for reducing period pain without hormones are still so limited, we all know a heat pack will only get you so far.

It has been hypothesized that the moon affected human behavior within pre-industrial communities on the basis that moonlight modulates nocturnal in a variety of species. For example, bats decrease their activity during full moons, oysters open their shells more during new moons, and songbirds sing their morning songs earlier during full moons. Similar to how the moon is portrayed as passive within some folklore, mythologies, and literary pieces, the moon’s effects on living beings is subtle (certainly not as observable as a werewolf transformation, but still observable!).

Image credit: Mark Tegethoff

Period pain and hormonal IUDs

Your energy levels, productivity and focus will be at their lowest and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, this is the time where your right and left brain will be communicating most, making this time perfect for trusting your intuition and listening to what’s happening to evaluate your course of action.

Perfect to:

  • Use your analytical skills
  • Rethink strategies
  • Evaluate results
  • Cut on the actual working tasks
  • Get lots of rest from the stress of alway running on the clock and getting stuff done
  • Reduce your social commitments and have some introspective days

August 28, 2023

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