The Crazy Connection Between Your Menstruation And The Moon
Whether you’re into crystals and astrology or you stick strictly to hard science, you’ve probably at least thought about the crazy connection between menstruation and the moon. I mean, think about it: many of us experience cycles that are about as long as the lunar month (28-30 days), and just like the moon goes through various phases during that time, so do we. This isn’t strictly a new-agey idea — not by a longshot. The traditions and mythology around the moon as it relates to female fertility run deep.
White Moon Cycles vs. Red Moon Cycles
The new moon has historically been associated with menstruation, and a period during this time is known as a White Moon Cycle. This is what the majority of women find they experience once they start tracking their periods in lunar terms.
The full moon is typically linked to ovulation, and a period at this point in the month is known as a Red Moon Cycle. This is often referred to as the Earth’s most fertile time because the extra illumination encourages plants to flourish, and a Red Moon Cycle has interesting traditional connotations; those who experience it are often known as healers, wise women, or medicine women who would historically care for other menstruating women while they themselves were ovulating. The Red Moon Cycle is also associated with creation in the realms of art, business, or other aspects of life beyond pregnancy and childbearing.
While these historical links can be eye-opening and informative, it’s not necessarily important to get your period during one of these moon phases — although it can be pretty cool when you do! The important thing is to have a healthy cycle that’s consistent for you, meaning your periods are regular and last about the same amount of days month to month. If your cycles are wildly fluctuating then it is an indicator of health issues like PCOS, fibroids, or endometriosis. While you may still experience PMS, cramps, or bloating, a consistent, regular cycle is much more likely to be symptom-free.
If you do want to try syncing your cycle to the moon to see if you reap any unique benefits or feel a deeper connection to your body, yourself, or the world around you, try these tips:
1) Spend time in nature
If your cycle is fluctuating in length from period to period, then it may be the result of your environment; maybe you’re not getting enough good sleep due to a bright or noisy setting, or maybe you’re experiencing an excessive amount of stress.
More and more research is revealing that we need to be in nature frequently — whether that means a walk in the park, a hike, a trip to the beach, etc. — for the good of our health, our mental health, especially. You already know that stress can really screw up your cycles and cause them to become irregular, so rather than focusing on the moon alone, I encourage you to examine your relationship to nature in general and make a point of re-connecting with Mother Earth by getting into green spaces as much as you can.
For me, that simply meant a daily long, relaxing walk in Central Park and some time walking on the grass or sitting on a rock to ground myself. While in nature, I would really be present, looking at the beauty of trees, birds, dogs, anything that made me feel like I was connecting to a more natural and less urban or digital environment. You can do this in your backyard, your local playground, or on a walk through your neighborhood — the key is to direct your attention to those natural elements, breathe it in, and feel the well-being that comes from spending time outside.
2) Improve your relationship to light and dark
Part of how our cycles sync to the moon is through our exposure to light and dark as it changes throughout the lunar month. At the new moon, we should be sleeping in darkness, and at the full moon, the night sky should be lit up with moonlight. However, many of us live in towns and cities now that give out light pollution. It can be hard to see the moon clearly, and the moonlight is competing with office block lighting, street lamps, house lights, illuminated signs, and more. We are not as exposed to the direct light and darkness of the moon phases as we once were. Of course, light (and noise) pollution can also be disruptive to our sleep patterns and make for a fitful sleep and frequent waking during the night. This throws off the hormone melatonin, which happens to be linked directly to ovulation regulation, and therefore cycle regulation.
If you want to sync with the moon, but, like me, you struggle to connect with the moonlight in a busy, 24-hour town or city, then take steps to ensure you experience good sleep by using blackout blinds and a white noise machine, and employing a sleep-supportive bedtime routine. To become more aware of the moon’s phases and have the best chance of re-connecting and syncing your cycle to its changes, download a lunar phase calendar or, take a look every evening to see where the moon is that night in its cycle and then try to spend some time in view of the moon either meditating, reading, or just resting. More and more places now also have full moon hikes where women can connect with the moon and each other. If you can’t find a group, practice a ritual at home in view of the moon or start your own group.
3) Fix your period problems
To repeat: as long as you’re having a healthy cycle that is consistent for YOU, this is what matters. Monitoring your period and cycle for length, looking at the color and consistency of your bleeding, and tracking any symptoms you experience — from PMS to bloating to acne — is more important to your health than syncing with the moon. It’s from this place that you can start to solve and move past your period problems. Your period should and can be regular and predictable — if it’s not, there’s a way to change that. Once you’ve got a healthy cycle that feels good for you, then you’re in a better place to start working on syncing with the moon and you’ll be better positioned to reap the benefits of this experience.
Your body is a mirror, whether or not your period comes with the full moon or the new moon. You don’t need to be bleeding with the new moon to reconnect with nature, but connecting with the natural environment will have a positive impact on your health — including getting your cycle to be more regular, predictable, and symptom-free. Your cycle is magical, regardless of any cool moon connection you might experience. And your cycle can work magic for you if you support it with hormone-friendly foods and a hormonally-supportive lifestyle. Get in touch with your own personal, unique cycle and that’s the first step to living in your Flo with all of its benefits.
Is Your Period Healthy?
How do you know if your hormones are healthy? The answer is in your 5th vital sign — your period.
The color of your flow, frequency of your period, and symptoms you have each month can tell you a lot about your health. There are five different V-SIGN TYPES, and knowing which one you have will help you get healthy now and prevent disease in the future.
Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this — the science of your body is on your side!