Conceive with the moon

Conceive with the moon

Looking at the moon cycle can be very helpful if you are trying (or not trying) to conceive. All women are of course familiar with the female fertility cycle also known as the biological cycle.  Mid-cycle a woman ovulates and can conceive. This always occurs 14 days...
The cow jumped over the moon

The cow jumped over the moon

Most of you probably know the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle DiddleThe cat and the fiddle,The cow jumped over the moon.The little dog laughed,To see such sport,And the dish ran away with the spoon. I always pondered particularly at the line ‘ The cow jumped over the...
Menstrual cycle – a better way forward with the ‘Mooncup’

Menstrual cycle – a better way forward with the ‘Mooncup’

moon cupThe curse’, as many refer to the monthly female bleeding has never been a great topic of conversation. But it is an important one as over a life time a woman spends an absolute fortune on sanitary products, an estimated  £18,000

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But is there another way.  Something to save you a lot of money and is also good for the environment (just imagine the colossal  mountain of used sanitary towels and tampons that collect just in one year, not to mention all these clogged up toilets!).

It is called the moon cup and I have used it myself for over a decade now. It is a silicone cup that is very comfortable and safe. Find out more about the Mooncup. 

When I was doing a bit of research of how many women in my neighbourhood knew facts about the menstrual cycle and the moon cup, I started a conversation with a 30ish year old woman and  was shocked when she revealed that she did not really know how many days a normal female fertility cycle lasted for or even how to count fertile days and so on. She just relied on the pill. I would have expected this response from a 14 year old girl, but not from a grown woman. I pointed her to this website and rushed home to complete this article.

What is the menstrual cycle?

 This is a series of changes that occur in a woman’s body on a roughly monthly basis. First the ovaries release an egg and this is called ovulation. At the same time your body prepares your uterus for a possible pregnancy. If the egg is indeed fertilised by a male sperm, then a nine month pregnancy is the consequence. But most of the time this does not happen, so the egg is no longer needed and the lining of the uterus sheds the egg  and this is called menstruation.

How to find out the average length of your menstrual cycle

Always count from the first day of your period until day before your next period. This is the length of your menstrual cycle. It varies from woman to woman, but anything between 21 to 34 days is seen as ‘normal’. The average time is 28 days, which is the same length as the moon cycle and the  reason why so many civilisations connected the moon with fertility. (Please read more about fertility in the article  Conceive with the moon.  )

Be also aware that if you are taking extra hormones, such as the pill or an iud with hormones, this can alter the length or frequency of your natural menstruation cycle.

Know your body

If you never suffered from heavy or painful periods or use a permanent contraceptive you may not pay much attention to it all. But I believe that  start dates, flow rates and regularity can give you important clues about the state of your health. So get your diary out (or the  monthly LWTM calendar – it is free, but you need to sign up to our list for this ), then circle the first day of each period, it is that simple.

What should you look out for? 

  • Length.  Over time you work out the average length. You need this information to find out if you are pregnant. A delayed period without pregnancy can point to a health problem or the onset of the menopause
  • Flow. Stronger periods could point to fibroids or onset of the menopause
  • Irregularities. Women with premature ovarian failure and ‘polycystic ovary syndrome’ are prone to irregular or lapsed periods, so too are women who suffer from eating disorders,  substantial weight loss/gain or are still breastfeeding.
  • Consult a doctor if
     – you  have had no period for more than 90 days and you are not pregnant
    –  you develop a strong bleeding and bleed more than seven days
    – bleed mid cycle and/or are in serious pain

  Here is  link to the official moon cup site.  

Romance and love

Romance and love

The moon is often connected to lovers and romance, particularly the time of the Full Moon. Of course, we should not just fall in love when ‘the moon is right’. But most of us live busy lives and romance can easily be crowded out. So this symbol is a reminder to organize something special for the people you care most about. This treatment is not only reserved for the love of your life. You could organize something special for an elderly parent or a child. But this time should be reserved for someone very close and special in your life.

We all think we show others how much we love them, but that is not always the case. No more!! Get your diaries out and plan something super special for the ones you care most about and show them what their love and companionship means to you.

Here is an article that has an interesting take on birth control. It is called Cosmobiological birth control. It is totally natural and has a comparable success rate to the pill. But more often it is used as a tool for conception as you can work out your most fertile days, too.

Conceive with the moon

Keeping fit and healthy from head to toe – Hip and sexual organs

Keeping fit and healthy from head to toe – Hip and sexual organs

Today’s highlighted body region contains the hips, pelvic floor, sexual organs (womb, vulva, ovaries), or male sexual organs. Pay extra attention to this region, exercise it, and look after it! Below you find some tips and recipes. You can do these also on other days, but use this symbol as a reminder, and after all, today is the best day to do it.

Conceive with the moon 

female fertilityHere is an article I originally wrote in 2014 called Conveice with the Moon. It is based on a book by the Czech doctor Eugen Jonas who treated women for infertility in the early 1950s and discovered a second cycle that he called The Cosmobiological cycle. This method is free and effective and puts women in control of their body, wherever they live as there is no need for prescriptions or tools.

Pelvic Floor Exercises 

It is common knowledge that women over 45, especially when they had previously given birth, should practice regular pelvic floor exercises. There are many apps available to help you perform these exercises and time them. One of my favorites is the Squeezy App from the British NHS.  It is a bit of a misconception that these excercise are only meant for women. A doctor recently told me that one of the most common reasons why men have to go into care in old age is rectal incontinence. Not a very sexy topic, but sadly very preventable if they had started to excercise the core muscles and pelvic floor earlier in their life. So let’s spread the word and bring the men folk with us on the journey of good health in this body region.
Test your pelvic floor: Next time you feel the need to urinate, try to stop the flow halfway through. You should be able to manage this quite easily. If you struggle with this exercise, then I suggest it is time to exercise daily and check occasionally with this exercise if you made progress. But I would exercise in any case as you don’t want those muscles to weaken.  Here are a few simple pelvic floor exercises that you can do in your own time.  

The menopause

Mostly described as a curse and until recently barely mentioned. It is encouraging that at least here in the UK, the debate about menopause has started and some real practical help is on hand. Whatever your thoughts about HRT, family history, or personal preference, I think it is really important to make an informed choice. Here is an app created by  Dr Louise Newson called The Balance App. She also has a very informative podcast. My recommendation is not to wait until menopause hits, but to get the information before you turn 45. By then you will have entered the peri-menopause and having this knowledge will ease your transition into and through the menopause.
Herbs for this region: 

Red Clover, Lady’s Mantel, Red raspberry leaf tea, and Lemon balm are all useful herbs to help you during menopause.

Menopause tea (you can also drink it before your period starts and if you suffer with PMT- premenstrual tensions)

1/2 cup lady’s mantle
1/2 cup red raspberry leaf
1/2 cup lemon balm

For larger quantities expand in this ratio and keep it in a large glass jar.

  • Place all herbs in a dry glass jar with a lid and shake until they’re mixed up well. Alternatively, you can mix the herbs in a bowl and then add the mixture to the jar.
  • To make one cup of tea all you need is 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs per cup of hot water. Put them in a sieve container and immerse them in your cup for a short period. Another option is to add 2-3 teaspoons in a small sieve and place it on top of your thermos flask or glass jug and slowly run the water that has boiled but slightly cooled to 80/90 degrees over the leaves. Then discard them.   This makes a larger quantity and you can sip it over the morning until lunchtime.

For period pains and discomfort:

  • Sitz bath: There you want a stronger mixture. Add 1-2 tablespoons of herbs to a pint-size (500ml) jug and fill it up with hot water.  Leave to stand for 7-8 minutes and strain.  Add this mixture to the bath water (run the water only to cover your private area and not higher) and remain in the bath for 15 minutes until the bath cools down. This is a great relief during your period, especially if you suffer from pain or PMS. You can top your sitz bath up with actual drinking cups of tea during the day (use the same mixture).
  • Begin drinking the tea about a week before you are expecting your period.
  • If you have problems with heavy cramping, get a hot water bottle and place it on your lower belly. Then sip this tea at the same time to soothe this area. If you need to work you still have to rely on pain medication, but try this natural alternative when you can.

Low Libido

Another hot topic is the lack of sexual appetite. Some people are born with more sexual appetite than others and that is perfectly normal. Whatever the appetite, if it works for you, then there is no issue. It only becomes one, when it decreases or does not match your partner’s natural appetite. Stress and worries take a toll on libido.  So the first rule here is to relax, meditate, and find peace of mind. A relaxed person finds sex more enjoyable. And in a long relationship, you can experiment with gadgets to bring back a new sense of adventure.  The fight food can also help your libido. Here is an article that might be of interest to you. 

For your hips and general well-being into old age,  have a look into Pilates classes near you.

 

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