Why Your Period is a Monthly Download about Your Health
If there was one thing I could whisper into the ear of my much
younger self it would be “Your period is
a precious gift, it lets you know the state of your health every month. Learn
how to read your period and you’ll be much healthier and happier in your life.”
Like many women I’ve struggled with my menstrual cycle, the peak
of which was a 4 year stretch with a cycle of 16 – 64 days.
Those four years were extremely challenging for me. I couldn’t
plan to be in rhythm with my cycle because there was no rhythm. I couldn’t plan
to take some rest time when I had my period as I never knew when it would
happen. I became increasingly tired and anaemic and felt at the mercy of some
inner force that I didn’t understand.
I now know this irregularity was born from a lifetime of
From my training as a vaginal steam facilitator and my ongoing
training in peristeam hydrotherapy I’ve recognised just how important it is for
a menstruating woman to rest. Put it this way if you had an injury and were
bleeding EVERYONE would be telling you to rest, so your body could replenish
the blood you lost. You’d be encouraged to eat nutritious food so the body
could use the nutrients, namely B12, folic acid and iron, to make more blood.
You wouldn’t be carrying on as business as usual!
The current world system isn’t set up to support menstruating
women. We are encouraged to strive, to push forward, to be productive.
Advertising would lead us to believe we can ignore our bodily functions and
continue to be superwomen and have everything. But I question is having
everything really that good for us as women?
It seems to me that many of us are paying a high price for this
with our health.
Women are cyclic, our hormones drive our cycle and give us experience
of the 4 phases of woman: maiden, mother, queen and crone every month. Each of
these archetypes carries powerful gifts but equally needs to be treated with
respect. The crone phase, the time just before and during our period, is
synonymous with winter, its time to be quiet, still and go inside. This isn’t
the time to be putting in the hours at work, rushing to the gym and eating on
the go. If we ignore our body wisdom over time we’ll pay the price as we go
Learning to read our period is probably one of the most
effective ways a woman can be in control of the state of her health. Each month
we are given clear signs that we are either in or out of balance. For example
the brown spotting after the fresh blood of a period has stopped is your body’s
way to tell you you’ve not had enough rest during the period. You may have been
told your 8 day long bleed, or your 21 day cycle, or erratic bleeding in your
40’s is normal. And sadly yes its is normal as so many women have these
symptoms, but its not an indicator of health. Most women don’t know this, they
believe it to be normal because it always happens, and with few reference
points to compare it to, and lets be honest how many of us really talk about
our periods with our friends, we have little idea of what a healthy cycle can
Reading our period goes deeper than just tracking our cycle,
although cycle tracking is an important first step. It supports us to see where
we are going off track and how to bring ourselves back into balance. Every
month menstruating women get a download on the state of their health, for free
and without the need for a doctors visit!! This powerful lunar gift gives
menstruating women the option of becoming the guardians of our health and
I offer period reading or menstrual analysis as part of my vaginal steaming sessions to tailor a well-being protocol that serves the changing needs of each woman. With a little support and guidance I believe every woman can read their period and claim back their health and vitality to live loving empowered lives.