It is no coincidence that the lunar moon cycle is the same amount of days as the average menstrual cycle… so cool, right?! The cyclical nature of the earth is demonstrated within the female body, and I think it’s the coolest. The moon cycles influence menstrual cycles!
After yesterday’s crazy full moon vibes, I felt inspired to write a post about Cycling with the Moon, and the different ways women can fluctuate with it. There are a couple different ways and it is thought that we will experience both in our lifetime. I will get to them but a little disclaimer first, please do not worry if you are not cycling with the moon. There is nothing wrong with you and it is nothing to worry about, obviously! As long as your cycle is consistent and healthy, and you feel good about it, it is nothing to worry about. This is just a fun way to connect your body to the lunar cycle and I will also share ways in which you can try to sync up your cycle with the moon, too.
White Moon Cycle
This is the most common and traditional way, when women ovulate with the full moon and menstruate with the new moon. It is influenced by the increased amount of bright light from the full moon and sunlight. It really goes along nicely with the four phases of the menstrual cycle because with each new period, you cycle with a new moon, and it all feels very fresh, like a new beginning each month. And then you move into the powerful energy from the full moon during ovulation! Did you know the highest rates of conception are on the full moon or the day before?! It makes sense because this is when you are most fertile. It is thought that women in the white moon cycles are in the fertile stage of their life. * I am currently cycling this way, with the White Moon 🙂
Red Moon Cycle
You may be flip flopped too, and this is called the Red Moon Cycle. This is when you menstruate with the full moon and ovulate with the new moon. These women are thought to be medicine women, wise women, midwives or healers because they can help menstruating women while they themselves are ovulating. This allows them to have more energy to give while helping and teaching others.
How To Sync Your Cycle with the Moon:
- Tune in with the moon and make friends with it.
Find it in the sky every night. Go on an evening walk and connect to what phase it is in. Notice it. This will begin to fuel your connection, and help you appreciate it’s fluctuations.
- Download a moon app, or get a moon calendar.
I like the My Moontime app because it allows you to track your cycle with the moon. The apps I like that are not period related are called Full Moon Phase or Moon Phase Calendar.
- Get out in nature more. Do some grounding or earthing work.
This is where you stand barefoot in the grass, in the soil, in the sand, in the ocean, in a lake, etc. for at least 20 or 30 minutes a day, ideally. Go to a park and sit in the grass or walk around. Do whatever you can to get outside! The earth’s natural electric charge is how our bodies get charged up and “grounded”. This practice has been shown to normalize your body’s biological rhythms, and this include menstrual cycles (and sleep cycles, too). It helps to open the windows more and bring in fresh air to circulate. Also, get off your phone before bed, or at least turn on the nightshift mode on your phone to minimize blue light exposure which can disrupt your sleep pattern.
- Make sure you are exposed to lots of bright natural light during the day.
Then dim your lights at night. This helps regulate your body’s circadian sleep patterns and allows a distinction between day and night.