We all know of it. We have all seen or experienced it. Medical terminology defines it as a variety of physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms that are linked to a woman's menstrual cycle. Typically starting 2 weeks prior to the start of a cycle and lasting 5-7 days after. Symptoms include:
Irritability or Anger
Constipation or Diarrhea
It is estimated that three out of every four menstruating women will experience some form of PMS. Lucky us. For three weeks out of EVERY month. Lucky us.
This is not the way life should go. Women should be made to feel blissful, honored, powerful, beautiful. Something along the lines of this:
Instead of feeling bloated, irate, depressed, dismissed. Pretty much, like this:
Unfortunately, the "norms" of the female cycle have been accepted and expected as common place for a menstruating female. Why wouldn’t it? 3 out of every 4 women experience them. Of course they are our new normal.
So, what do we do?
< Insert Birth Control > How wonderful for us that we can shut down the female cycle. Prevent ovulation and suppresses those God-awful symptoms that create monsters out of maidens.
Birth Control, while effective to prevent conception, is not the answer to aberrant or painful periods. It is not the answer to regulate natural cycles. It is not the answer to balance female hormones.
The TRUTH? (at least, my truth)
A natural female cycle should ebb and flow with the cycles of the moon. Naturally come, naturally go.
In fact, all of those signs and symptoms attached with the female cycle
signify hormonal imbalance, pH imbalance, food or environmental allergens, bacteria or fungal overgrowth, or/and a chronic underlying infection. Not typical of a cycle. Not something we should expect. Definitely not something we should ignore and/or shut down.
It isn't overly simple to balance the female cycle, but it isn’t rocket science either.
It takes knowledge, discipline, attention, and time.
We, as a socitey, have gotten too far away from our roots and the natural order of life. Our cycles should literally follow the moon cycle. Full moon. New moon. Ovulation. Period. Not some chart by some app on some I Phone.
There is much to say on this topic. We will get there. For now, pay attention to your bodies, women. Pay close and loving attention. You will be surprised by what it tells you.