I’ve always felt a deep connection with the moon. Whenever I’m having a bad day or need some guidance, all I need to do is look up at her. Whether she is a crescent or a swelling full moon, I instantly feel at ease. The moon is so important to our earth and our bodies. It is connected to women on a physical, spiritual, and emotional level.
Did you know that your menstrual cycle is connected to the phases of the moon? It might not be right now and that’s mostly because we are generally disconnected from nature as a whole. But it’s true that your period should arrive at or around the new moon and you should ovulate at or around the full moon. Isn’t that cool?! That’s where the term “moon cycle” comes from. In addition to your cycle syncing up with the moon, have you ever noticed that you and your close friends all seem to have your periods at the same time? That’s some other menstruation magic that I don’t quite understand but think is amazing.
Even though I am meticulous about tracking my cycle, I was feeling particularly out of whack for a while and decided to sync my cycle up with the moon – formally called Lunaception – through this very informative blog (please check it out for detailed instructions and other great info). It didn’t take long! Here’s how you do it:
The first thing you need to do is find a way to track your cycle that works for you. Don’t wait until you’re trying to conceive to track your cycle and ovulation. You can write it in your agenda, on your family calendar in the kitchen (no shame here, ladies!) or use one of the several apps available. I use WomanLog Pro. It shows the cycles of the moon, predicts ovulation and your next period, and also has other things to track such as sex, moods, weight, BMT etc. I’ve been tracking my cycle since my menarche and have been using this app for several years, I love it.
Next, what moon phase are we in right now? Remember: full moon to ovulate and new moon to bleed. I always remember it by thinking that my body feels full at ovulation, egg is ready, breasts are sore, I’m bloated (ugh). And new moon to bleed, this is the starting point of your cycle after all. You’ll need to keep track of the moon phase for the next step. Luckily it’s available on most calendars and of course, there’s also an app for that.
So how Lunaception works is by the premise that the bright light of the full moon triggers ovulation. Historically, when we didn’t have artificial light, the full moon would be bright enough to trigger ovulation and dark enough when not full that we would sleep in total darkness. That’s just not the case anymore, with all the streetlights, iPhone screens beside our bed, staying up all hours of the night, etc. So we mimic this process with Lunaception…
You need to sleep in total darkness for the majority of the month. This means getting blackout curtains or taping garbage bags to the windows. Very Martha Stewart, I know. I also put my iPhone facedown to get rid of any blue light and tape over my a/c unit’s digital screen – the green light that it emits is obnoxious anyway. Regardless of how long it takes for your cycle to sync with the moon, I hope that overall you find that you sleep better in total darkness.
The only days that you don’t sleep in total darkness are the night before the full moon, the night of the full moon, and the night after, for three days total. You can use a small night light on those nights to mimic the light of the full moon. After these three nights, you go back to total darkness.
It took me three months for my cycle to sync up, which is pretty quick, I think. For some it can take longer and that’s okay. I’ve been feeling better since I started Lunaception. I feel even more connected to the moon and nature and have a better relationship with my cycle. What other benefits might you find?
- hormonal balance
- potentially fix fertility issues/conceive faster
- regulate irregular periods
So get your goddess on by trying Lunaception! How long did it take you to sync your cycle with the moon? What other ways have you created a positive relationship with the moon?