The biggest mistake of my life, or an easy road to cycle-syncing?

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This is an article about one woman’s an experiment to get her menstrual cycle aligned with the moon cycles.  Its called lunar-cycle syncing.

See the previous two parts for the foundational info:

Lunar Cycles – Can you guess why I want to delay my period by two weeks?

Progesterone – Three ways to delay your period

On day 21 of my cycle in February, I started taking natural Progesterone 200mg capsules.

The aim was to keep my progesterone levels high and delay the bleeding part of my cycle for about 14 days, until the New Moon.  Here’s a detailed account of what happened:

Day 21 onwards

I slept very well, straight through the night.  The ‘Valium’ effects of progesterone seemed to be ringing true for me.  I noted vivid dreams that had great meaning for me when I analysed them using a dream interpretation book.  My energy levels were better than usual for days 21 through to…

..Day 28

headache, sore throat and slow thinking.

Day 29 FULL MOON

Felt ineffective and tired and lots of sugar cravings.

Day 29 FULL MOON

later in the day, my normal bleed appeared.  There was no difference in flow or discomfort – which is usually light and occasional cramp  I continued taking the progesterone capsules as they ‘should’ still delay ovulation.

NB: Day 29 now becomes day 1

Day 6

Pelvic cramps on both sides and nausea, malaise and fatigue.  The mild/moderate cramps made a continued appearance, all the way through until day 3 of the next bleed.  I usually only get pain on my left, so it was unusual for me to feel it on the right as well.  Vivid dreams are continuing

Day 7

Still a light bleed which is a day longer for me

Day 8

Bleeding stopped

Day 13

Last day of taking progesterone (hoping I will bleed again in two days – the New Moon).

Day 15 NEW MOON

No bleed.

Day 18

Breasts start to get sore.  Vaginal discharge is the slippery egg white type, which is usually an indication of ovulation.  I start to think that my body’s normal cycle has only been delayed by a few days and not the two weeks I was attempting!

Day 21

Breasts getting sorer and fuller and right boob starts to harden. Pelvic cramps on both sides continue.    The pelvic cramps, breast tenderness and fullness are akin to what some women experience in early pregnancy and others during the ‘PMS’ phase, if their hormones are imbalanced.  It is not my usual experience.

Day 22

Noting mood swings

Day 24

Feeling very uptight, agitated and irritated, e.g., not relaxed and very hard to relax!

Day 25

I noted sore breasts and ovaries.  Very direct in my interactions.  Verging on aggression.  Throw a few yoga blocks at my ex-partner (they are made of foam).  Whilst I sometimes want to throw something at him I don’t usually follow through!

Day 26

I get a ‘crushing’ headache and nausea that stays for a few days.  Very tearful in the evening.  Almost cannot teach my yoga class due to tearfulness (it’s okay, I asked for a little divine assistance and made it through!).

Day 27

In the late morning I find myself eating a family bag of kumara chips (this is not normal for me). Food cravings ahoy.  Makes no difference to the headache.  I take the afternoon off work and lay down, meditated.

Day 29

Cleaned my entire house and car.  Went to movies and the film ‘affected’ me deeply; both emotionally and in my body.

Day 30 FULL MOON

Didn’t feel like leaving house so did yoga at home.  Fell out of a few asanas in tears, meditated.  After meditation, discovered I had started to bleed.

DAY 30 now becomes Day 1!

Taking progesterone 200mg capsules did nothing to delay my menstrual bleed or ovulation. What it did do was give me a very valuable taste of a hormonal imbalance, PMS symptoms and the power of Mother Nature’s cycles.

Conclusions:

I have a normally healthy, cyclical system that I respect.  I am not sure why I am a full moon bleeder but now have no interest in trying to change it.  I now have a greater understanding and empathy for women who suffer PMS symptoms, ovulatory and bleeding cramps, and those that have a condition such as endometriosis who can be in constant pain, on a scale much greater than I experienced.  I have had a taste of more extreme emotional swings.

This experiment has only fuelled my personal devotion to supporting other women in balancing their hormones, so that they can have healthful, aware, painless cycles.  There are many lessons to be learned from women’s cycles; For instance, I did not know I was about to have a period, yet the day before I intuitively cleaned the house thoroughly…that’s quite common.  The appearance of vivid dreams, the fluctuating energy levels, and much more, can all be predicted by awareness on the cycle.  In my following articles I will share deeper insights and practical tips to get you fully Cycle Savvy, and feeling deeper connections with your female tribe!

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About Claire Bhavani-Winzar

Claire Bhavani-Winzar is a Certified Women's Health & Nutrition Coach, and Yoga Alliance 500 Registered Yoga Teacher. Her favourite work is with women who find themselves frazzled and rushed - using hormonal balancing strategies that are proven to work. Previous incarnations have been a physical trainer, supporting people with chronic medical conditions to their best health; a pharma rep and a genetic sequencer on the Human Genome Project. Claire has made a lifelong study of positive physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth - she studied it so you don't have to. Claire brings you the best nuggets of information to propel you back to health, plus the 200% enthusiasm in YOU so that you can spend you time doing what you do best: living a happier, vibrant, satisfying life with your family. Healthy Lifestyle Workshops, Yoga Prescription and Women's Circles. Visit www.thesistahood.org to access yoga videos, health education, your free coaching session, and your Sistahood Community.

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