What would you think if I told you that you can regulate your menstrual cycles naturally by using the light of the moon ( lunaception )?
Crazy idea? Voodoo or some form of witchcraft? Dubious?
Lunaception, aligning the menstrual cycle with the phases of the moon to regulate your periods, may sound a little crazy but this is something really cool and effortless to promote regularity with your periods or to bring in menstruation for women with amenorrhea (absence of menstruation). It’s no coincidence that the lunar cycle is 29 days and the average menstrual cycle is 28 days. Our menstrual cycles are basically earthy cycles. The Moon actually governs not only the tides of the sea, but also the “tides” of the womb. This technique can also be used by women who simply want to sync their cycle with the moon cycle.
We, humans are connected to nature and when we disrupt that connection by blocking sunlight during daytime with sunglasses; eating processed foods instead of whole foods that come from nature; and stay up late night in homes polluted with artificial lights coming from LED lights; screens and street lights in the night, our biology changes and we disrupt our intrinsic default setting.
As per empowered sustenance,
In all early societies, before industrialism and processed foods disrupted traditional cultures, women ovulated at the full moon and menstruated at the new moon.
How to do lunaception
First you need to know the moon phases. You can either buy a lunar calendar or look it up online at https://stardate.org/nightsky/moon . This way you can begin to sync those phases to the four phases (follicular, ovulatory, luteal and bleeding phases) of the menstrual cycle.
This practice that works on the premise that our bodies and our menstrual cycles respond to moonlight is a very easy to follow procedure. It involves sleeping in complete darkness for the entire month right after full moon is over, then using a nightlight or allowing natural moonlight into the room on the evening before the full moon, the day of the full moon, and the day after the full moon. If you choose to use nightlight instead of moonlight, a 20-watt nightlight (mimicking full-moon light) works well. This might sound to you like some sort of witchcraft, but this has actually been found to be effective with many women who were trying to get back a period, regulate their cycle, trigger ovulation or simply sync with the moon cycle.
To experience the benefits of lunaception, Katie Singer, author of The Garden of Fertility and Honoring Our Cycles defines sleeping in darkness as follows:
- Fifteen minutes after turning out the lights, you can’t see objects in the room, including your own hands.
- Bedroom windows are covered with room-darkening blinds or curtains backed by light-blocking fabric.
- Cracks of light from under doors can be covered with a towel.
Room darkening shades or blackout curtains that block 99.9% of light can be purchased if the amount of outside light during the night is especially bright for city dwellers.
If you are afraid of dark or if total darkness is not possible:
Have maximum tolerable darkness and use an eye mask.
If you or partner can’t sleep without an alarm clock stick an orange plastic or cling film over alarm clock as it blocks the blue end of the light spectrum that affects hormones.
Wear blue-light blocking glasses several hours before going to bed and use them if you get up in the night to go to bathroom.
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As per gardenoffertility.com, with lunaception, women experience the following cycle benefits:
- Women with anovulatory cycles have become ovulatory.
- Women with unclear mucus readings develop discernible, healthy mucus build-up.
- Cycles that had been very short (26 days or less) or very long (35 days or more) become 27-31 days long.
- FSH levels become healthy.
- Spotting at various times during the cycle is significantly reduced.
- Progesterone levels are strengthened.
- Women with a history of miscarriage(s) are able to sustain pregnancy.
- Premenopausal women develop a more discernible mucus pattern; and the intensity of their premenopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, sleeplessness, and mood changes are reduced.
As per institute of Integrative nutrition, Lunaception also involves reducing light pollution by reducing exposure to artificial light at night by keeping only a few lights on, lighting candles, and reducing screen time. I also suggest using biologically friendly incandescent bulbs in your home instead of LED lights as they emit too much blue light that disrupts circadian rhythm. During the day, get outdoors without sunglasses to further assist the body in recognizing the difference between day and night. This will help regulate the circadian rhythm, which is the body’s daily sleep/wake cycle. The circadian rhythm is intricately connected to the menstrual cycle.
The hypothalamus gland, also located in the brain, is richly supplied with melatonin receptors. This gland regulates your body’s overall homeostasis, including things like blood pressure, emotions, temperature, and the endocrine (hormonal) system. Hormones secreted by the hypothalamus stimulate the anterior pituitary gland to secrete its hormones; and these, in turn, stimulate the thyroid gland, the adrenals, and the ovaries to secrete yet other hormones. The ovaries (and the testicles) are also thought to contain melatonin receptors (3). You can see how melatonin production–and thereby sleeping in darkness or with light–can affect the whole body’s functioning, including the menstrual cycle: if the hypothalamus doesn’t receive sufficient melatonin, its ability to regulate the hormonal system will be impaired.
Finally, women can try moon bathing, which is basking (no need to be in a bikini) in full moonlight for a minimum of 10–15 minutes each night during the 3 or 4 days of the full moon phase. Some women even prefer to reflect, meditate, and cultivate inner peace under the silver glow of the moon. Ancient cultures believe that meditating on a full moon for even a short period of time will heal and cleanse the chakras.
If you do not get periods
For women with amenorrhea, here’s what else they’ll want to do to promote the return of menstruation. On day one of a new moon, women with amenorrhea should act as if it were day one of their menstrual cycle. They should proceed as if they were in the follicular phase (first phase of the cycle, which starts with your period and ends with ovulation) between the new moon and full moon. “Ovulation” would be at the full moon, and then they should consider themselves in the luteal phase (second half of your cycle, beginning after ovulation and ending when you get your next period) in the time in between the full moon and the new moon.
Dr. Christiane Northrup, reports in her book “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” that in one study of more than 2000 women with irregular cycles, over half of them achieved regular 29 day cycles by sleeping with a night light on by their bed for the three days around ovulation. With the protocol of using complete darkness and using moonlight for 3 days around ovulation the results could be more women achieving regular cycles.
Give this a try and let me know if this works for you.
Tap Into The Cyclic Nature of Your Body by Dr. Northrup
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