There was a time when women lived more connected to the rhythms of nature and the cycle of the moon. In fact, a women’s menstrual cycle closely parallels the 28 day process of the waxing and waning moon. Of course, every women is unique and her own personal moontime may range anywhere from 21 days to over 30 days. Whatever your personal rhythm , understanding the physical and emotional shifts that occur throughout the month can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and help you feel your best all month long.
The follicular phase:
The first half of the cycle begins with menstrual bleeding. The follicular phase is considered the estrogenic phase, a time of rebuilding the uterine lining and preparing for ovulation. Physically, the pituitary gland releases FSH which contributes to the development of follicles, preparing for the release of an egg at ovulation.
The follicular phases is likened to the waxing moon. As the energies are building to prepare for ovulation, you may notice that you have more energy. The follicular phase is a good time to be social and plan important presentations.
Ovulation occurs mid-cycle, where a women is most fertile for a period of 5 days before and 2 days after the release of the egg. Physically, the pituitary gland releases LH which tells the body to release the egg.
Ovulation is the equivalent of the full moon. A time of blossoming potential, women tend to feel attractive and alert. This is a wonderful time for unleashing creative projects.
The luteal phase
The second half of the cycle begins after ovulation. During the luteal phase estrogen decreases and progesterone increases to support implantation and fertilisation. Physically, if implantation has occured, the body will continue to produce progesterone to support implantation. Without pregnancy, menses will begin in approximately 2 weeks.
The luteal phase is likened to the waning moon. The buildup for ovulation has come to pass and women will benefit from taking time for inner reflection and deep rest. As the energies wind down, taking time to deeply nourish with healthy foods and self care will help with the transition to menstruation, marking the beginning of the new moon, and help to combat PMS.