From a woman's viewpoint, it takes a lot of
time, focus and energy to realize the enormity of being the ocean with your
very own tide every month. Women give thanks for repose and restoration as the
monthly cycles start cleansing the body of last month's death and prepare the
body to receive the new month's life. It is believed
that each month a woman will experience some changes
in the way she perceives herself and experience her world in accordance to
where she is in her menstrual cycle.
There has been lot of speculations over the years about the effect
of the changing phases of the moon on human health and behavior, like some
people going crazier on full moon night. Research suggests that the full moon may be linked to
an increase in unexplained strokes, gastrointestinal bleeding and seizures.
For many generations now, a woman's monthly
cycle has been tied to the moon cycle most likely because they're about the
same duration; a
"typical" menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days and a lunar cycle lasts 29.5 days.
The moon cycle as we know changes gradually
from the waxing new moon of increasing light, to the full moon, then to the
dark waning moon of decreasing light and back again to the waxing new moon of
increasing light again.
Some women start their
on the crescent moon,
some on the full moon, some on the waning moon, and others on the new moon. Some researchers believe
that it is possible for a woman to have two fertile times during her menstrual cycle
: the first one is when she ovulates and the second according to her
lunar phase fertility period.
Just like the moon's
journey goes through numerous phases, a woman's menstrual cycle can also be
divided up into clearly experienced phases. It is believed that the moon's
cycle influences her energy that she experiences throughout the month; the intensity of the energies depends upon
where the two cycles overlap.
As women become more aware of the different
phases and how they experience them, it leads to a far greater acceptance of
their bodies and their inherent feminine nature.
Dr. Philip Chenette, who is one of the infertility
specialist of the
Pacific Fertility Centre in San Francisco analysed anonymous data mobile phone
app called 'Glow' that women use to track their monthly cycle. The researchers were intrigued by the fact
that almost every woman's menstrual cycle lasts four weeks,
roughly the time between two full moons and this curiosity led to further
researchers looked at figures for more than 8,000 women from all around the
world, they could find a clear link between the timing of their monthly cycles
and the phases of the moon. Almost a fifth of women in
the study began their period on the day of the full moon or two days before or
after. This meant that these women would
be at their most fertile a fortnight before a full moon, when the sky is
Dr. Chenette commented "Women
are really poor at predicting their own menstrual cycles. When we looked at
what they said their cycles were and what the app recorded them as, there was a
Dr. Chenette further added "It turns out that probably just
goes back to evolution and the fact we used to live outdoors and we were
exposed to lunar cycles for thousands and thousands of years. And that related
to harvest and times of plenty and all these kinds of things and reproduction,
of course, has to be timed to natural rhythms. It's just a fascinating
researchers believe that light affects
production of a hormone melatonin involved in regulating a woman's monthly
cycle and that a woman is most likely to conceive when the nights are at their
This is the most fertile phase
and is great for trying to conceive.
Professor Charles Kingsland, of the Hewitt Fertility Centre
at Liverpool Women's Hospital, said "If a woman's period starts with the full
moon, she will be at her most fertile a fortnight earlier, when the sky is
darkest. The lack of light would have shielded amorous caveman couples from
Simon Wood, who is a consultant gynaecologist at the
Countess of Chester Hospital is quite skeptical about the results of the study as many studies conducted in the past have found
no link between ovulation and the moon.
Professor Sheena Lewis, of Queen's University Belfast,
said: 'The only relationship between period and the full moon is that they both
occur once every four weeks.'
So if you are trying to conceive, it may be
worthwhile charting your menstrual cycle symptoms, like pre-menstrual
syndrome (PMS) and cervical
consistency, in correlation to the moon's phases.
Once you have established
your menstrual patterns, then you need to find out what phase the moon is in to
know what stage of your monthly cycle you are in.