Monthly Moon Cycle
Our moon cycle – we don’t talk about it enough because it’s uncomfortable, embarrassing or taboo – yet it shouldn’t be. It’s the most natural part of being a woman and should be celebrated! The fact that we have a cycle means that we are capable of creating life.. that is so incredible!
I recently got off birth control since the time I was put on it, which was when I was 15. Let me tell ya- I have never been happier with my decision. Birth control completely blocked my period from happening. I felt like it took a part of my womanhood away from me. Not only that, but at the age of 21, I realized how terrible it was to be putting synthetic hormones into my body. I wanted to reset my whole body and live as purely natural as possible. I cut out meat, dairy, and birth control. Since getting off the pill, I have started to get my cycle again. I've learned different ways to cope with the cramps and pain as natural as possible. It’s so important to avoid pain medications because they can really damage your liver over a period of time. I’ve also learned the importance of using a menstrual cup.
Below are my favorite ways to help relieve symptoms naturally:
Epsom Salt Bath
Herbal Tea (fig leaf, peppermint, or ginger tea)
Lots of water
Peppermint oil and Castor oil on your tummy
Take Maca and Ashwaghanda to balance hormones
MENSTRUAL CUPS OVER TAMPONS
I have realized a couple things since gaining my period back and one thing that is important to me is what we choose to use while on our cycle- every choice we make has a consequence on our body and the environment.
One thing I have learned is the negative effects of tampons. I always thought tampons were the way to go until menstrual cups came out. Tampons (if not organic cotton) can be harmful to your body. Have you ever wondered how tampons get that ultra-white color? Usually from chlorine bleach, which creates toxic dioxin and other harmful ingredients such as trimlomethane, which has negative health effects. The average American woman uses 16,800 tampons in her lifetime... that is CRAZY! According to Dr. Joseph Marcola, conventional tampons also contain pesticides: A whopping $2 billion is spent annually on pesticides to spray cotton crops. Not only are they terribly bad for the environment, they aren’t that kind on your wallet either. "Assuming the average menstrual cycle uses 12 tampons and four to five pads, that’s roughly $50 per year. By switching to a $25 menstrual cup, you could save $475 over ten years. That’s $1,187.50 over the next 25 years." (read more here). Save money, your body, and the environment by simply using a cup!
Your first reaction when you see a menstrual cup at the store is “Yikes that’s pricey!” Yes, that may be your first initial reaction but guess how much a box of tampons is? Around $8. You spend $32 so quickly buying tampons! A menstrual cup period cup holds three times as much as a tampon, lasts for years, and saves money. It is non-toxic, eco-friendly, super comfortable, and fully recyclable.
My menstrual cup is from a brand called “Hello” based out of New Zealand.
I love my menstrual cup!!!
HOW TO USE:
First things first- WASH YO HANDS! It’s the first thing we should do whenever handling feminine hygiene products. Now moving on… once you’ve chosen what fold works best for you, insert your cup. Once it pops open, give it a gentle tug to help it form a seal and you’ll be good to go! If it’s in correctly and the right size, you shouldn’t get any leakage. Like most things in life, you might need to practice a bit until you’ve got the hang of it. It may take a while to take out the first couple times, but just breathe and don’t freak out like I did the first time.
To remove your cup, feel for the bottom of the cup and give the base a gentle squeeze- this helps to break the seal, then pull down slowly. Once it’s out, simply pour the contents down the loo, rinse (or wipe if there’s no sink handy) and reinsert. Easy peezy lemon squeezy! Maybe not that easy your first time… but at least you’ll be exercising those pelvic floor muscles! I personally make sure I’m near a sink when I’m changing my cup so that way I can rinse it out before reinserting. I recommend washing the cup with warm water and mild, unscented soap. It’s really important to only use unscented soap, as fragrances can irritate your skin or cause a yeast infection.
You can leave menstrual cups in for hours depending on how heavy or light your flow is. As a guide, on heavier days you might want to remove it every 3 or 4 hours. On light days you can leave it for up to 12 hours. If you wait too long to empty your cup, you might end up with a messy leak so just be intuitive with it and remove it accordingly.
Once your period is over, I recommend sterilizing the cup before your next cycle to avoid bacterial growth.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CUP:
It’s important to sterilize your cup thoroughly between each cycle so bacteria doesn’t grow. If you have an old toothbrush that you want to dedicate to using only on your cup, great! Grab that toothbrush and gently scrub your cup under warm water to remove any debris that may be present.
Heat up a pot of water, wait for it to boil, and chuck in your cup. The entire cup must be covered in water and make sure your pot is large enough so that the cup doesn’t have to rest against the bottom or sides! Leave it in the boiling water for about 5 minutes. I sometimes like to sprinkle in some baking soda to make sure it’s extra clean and it also eliminates any unwanted scents. Once it’s done, take it out and let it air dry!
When you’re not using your cup, it‘s important that you store it in its little home- most cups include a cute little bag when you purchase them. Be sure to store your cup somewhere safe and clean and it’s also important to use the bag because the cup needs some sort of ventilation. If you store it in an air tight container, it can cause bacteria to form in it. Cheers to a clean cup!
Menstrual blood is LIFE GIVING and LIFE SUSTAINING.
Your moon cycle is a time to rest. We are shedding and rebirthing. Understand your emotions and feel them. A cycle is shedding and releasing what no longer serves us. Meditate, drink lots of water, eat your fruits and veggies, take time to relax, do yoga, or go for a walk. Love yourself in as many ways as you can.
I hope this post helps you with your sacred moon cycle!
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Thank you for existing and taking the time to read this blog post.. :)
With gratitude & love,
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