You’re a rhythmic, creative creature. Everything in your body, and the world around you works in cycles – from the seasons, to the moon, to your menstrual cycle.
Gynaecological conditions can have a significant impact on your life and wellbeing. Understanding your cycle and period is where better healthcare for individuals starts.
THE MENSTRUAL CYCLE
You’re capable of being your own greatest healer. Having an understanding of your menstrual cycle unlocks a map to your wellbeing and this is the map we believe every menstuator & individual needs to know about. Your menstrual cycle has four distinct hormonal phases:
These phases of your cycle help prepare your body for a possible pregnancy. But your period is not just about making babies. Each month your body is giving you VITAL clues to your overall health and how you can best support your wellbeing.
“When you have a period at the end of each month, it means your body has met its BASIC level of health for that month.”
Did you know you spend about 34.7 cumulative years in your lifetime with a menstrual cycle? That’s about one third of your life. So understanding your gynaecological health is critical.
The womb is where all female life cycle transitions take place – from your first period, to your monthly period, to pregnancy, labour, childbirth and menopause – your life revolves around your womb. The cycle of life starts there – and your lifelong cycle health is so important. It’s our mission to help.
ALL ABOUT THE 5TH VITAL SIGN
First up, what ARE the vital signs? The 4 main vital signs monitored to assess general wellbeing by health care providers (also known as hello am I alive?) include:
- Pulse rate
- Breathing rate
- Blood pressure
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advocates including an evaluation of the menstrual cycle as an additional 5th vital sign. If you experience symptoms such as painful periods, that’s a big red flag ?. It’s your body’s way of telling you something’s up.
When you pay attention to your 5th vital sign, you’ll begin to understand that everything from nutrition, exercise, and your sleep cycle, through to the environmental exposure you encounter on a daily basis, will influence your hormones, and ultimately be reflected in the health of your period.
TRACKING YOUR CYCLE
Got a diary or period app to track your cycle? It helps you build an intimate relationship with your body and over time, you’ll empower yourself with valuable information.
An opportunity to shed the old, embrace the new
The wisdom of the menstrual cycle has been passed down from generation to generation; from woman to woman, and it’s what connects us not only to ourselves but also to nature. On a deeper level, the four cyclical phases of the menstrual cycle reflect the four seasons found in nature – winter, spring, summer, and autumn.
Often we’re pressured to remain full of energy and in a good mood all the time, and when we can’t, we think there’s something wrong with our bodies. But knowing the deeper meaning of your cycle can help you channel the mood and energy of these inner seasons for your benefit, so you can be your absolute best throughout the whole month. When you look at your cycle as an inner power and not as simply a biological event, it becomes something to be celebrated and not vilified.
Your menstrual cycle symbolises the power of renewal
Your endometrial lining or menstrual blood is a vascular gland that is influenced by your body’s hormones, and it undergoes continual physiological changes throughout the 4 phases of your cycle. It’s different from the blood circulating through the rest of your body. It contains 385 unique proteins that are specifically designed for the process of your menstrual cycle. When implantation doesn’t occur, the blood proteins change and the lining of your uterus sheds. This monthly event of remodelling, shedding, and rebuilding that takes place in your womb is a reflection of the mystery and ongoing cycle of life, death and rebirth.
Each and every month, your period is an invitation to come home – home to yourself, home to your body, home to your womb, to detox, cleanse and release menstrual blood. It’s an opportunity to shed the old and embrace the new.