Many women believe that their menstrual cycles are in sync with the Moon’s cycle, meaning they menstruate and ovulate at specific times of the Moon’s cycle. There’s a New Moon tonight… are you coming on your period? There are four phases to our menstrual cycles and four main phases of the Moon, so it would be silly not to even consider the connection. Express.co.uk spoke to the world’s first period astrologer Priscila Gonsalez, who has been appointed by Intimate healthcare brand INTIMINA, to reveal the link between the Moon and your period.
Does the Moon affect your menstrual cycle?
The Moon has long been seen as linked with females and fertility, Priscilla said.
If you don’t believe us, take a look at the etymology of menstruation and menses…
The terms come from Latin and Greek words meaning month (mensis) and Moon (mene).
Priscilla said: “If your cycle is in sync with the Moon you will menstruate around the New Moon and ovulate around the Full Moon.”
The link is also suggested by studies in chronobiology, the field that studies our biological rhythms.
Priscilla explained: “These rhythms are the natural variations in the body that occur at regular intervals aligned to environmental changes.
“Many environmental cycles exist, including the ocean tides, day and night, the lunar cycle, and the four seasons.
“All living creatures have internal biological clocks that allow them to adjust their activities to changing environmental conditions.
“The lunar cycle has an impact on human reproduction, in particular fertility, menstruation, and birth rate.”
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Does your period sync up with the Moon?
Some people will find that their periods do sync up with the Moon, and they are bleeding around the New Moon and ovulating around the Full Moon.
However this is not always the case.
Priscilla noted: “Syncing your menstrual cycle with the Moon has been impacted by the introduction of the pill, electricity, computers and mobile phones that have managed to unplug us from our direct connection to the phases of the Moon and to the nature of our own bodies.”
On top of these modern inventions, everyone’s body is unique.
Priscilla pointed out: “Everyone’s body is different and our menstrual cycle can suffer the influence of many things such as our stress levels, the environment and endocrine activity of each individual.
“Whatever is your body’s pattern, trust that it is the right for you.
“The two cycles – of menstruation and of lunar phases –
don’t always align with each other.
“We are all different and have a myriad of personal energies acting inside and outside of our bodies.”
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What does it mean to bleed on each of the stages?
Priscilla believes that which lunar phase you have your period during will impact your energy, mood and productivity.
Your body and psyche decides which phase you bleed during.
Priscilla said that menstruating on the Crescent Moon means you are being called to touch connect with your inner child.
She explained: “As menstruation brings renewal, it is common to access patterns developed when you were a child.
“If you are aligned with this phase, it is because your body and psyche are asking that you connect with your inner child and release old patterns that are stopping you from achieving what you want.”
During this time, you’re about to think about your dreams and desires and decide how to get them.
She said: “New ideas will sprout like seeds in the spring. It is the time to take action and sow new seeds.
“Start a new project or change a habit. This is the time for playing and dreaming about projects without restrictions.
“Write your dreams, make plans, the sky is the limit.
“Start projects, it’s time for a fresh start. Organise, prioritise, and get some spring cleaning done.”
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If you ovulate during the Full Moon, it is about to get really emotional.
Priscilla said: “The Full Moon influences our emotions and internal waters.
“Menstruating during this phase can facilitate the healing of wounds related to mother-daughter relationship, infertility and help you to connect with your loving and caring side.
“This Full Moon energy enhances psychic perception, favours healing rituals related to fertility, abundance, prosperity, nutrition and creativity. Let your heart guide you.”
The good news is, you’re probably having a good hair day, a good skin day, or a good everything day, really!
Priscilla said: “You’re likely to look and feel your best.
“This is the ideal time to commit to what is rising in you and go about making it happen for real.
“Launch the program you have been creating, write the book, host the event.
“Work hard, birth creative projects, stay up late!
“You will probably feel harmony with nature and other mothers, specially yours if you are lucky to still have her around.”
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If you bleed with the waning mood, your body is calling for a slower pace and your mind wants you to turn inwards.
Priscilla said this is the best time to refocus and evaluate the previous weeks.
She suggests dancing, singing, or doing whatever you can to express your emotions.
Priscilla added: “The Waning Moon brings the strength of the Wild woman.
“She is not scared of the underworld and your shadows.
“If you menstruate with the Waning Moon, your are being called to do some shadow work.
“Ask yourself what parts of you that you are hiding or not accepting.”
If you are menstruating around the New Moon, which is happening tonight, this is your body telling you to get rid of what is no longer serving you.
Priscilla said: “Both the New Moon and menstruation itself bring the energy of death and rebirth.
“The shedding of the uterus will fertilize the soil so that the new can blossom in the future.
“When menstruating on the New Moon you will be nurturing the archetypal image of the Wise Woman, and at times you may feel more tired, more introspective and feel that you need to rest
“If you bleed with the New Moon your psyche is calling you to explore fears of getting old, letting go of old energies, people, and jobs that do not fulfil you.”
You heard her, take this time to retreat into yourself and dream.
She added: “
“This phase symbolises the potential of new life hidden in the dark ground beneath.
“Only do what is essential, now is not the time to take on any new projects.
“You should delay important decisions or stressful conversations.”
How to get back in sync with the Moon
Although you can’t change when you ovulate and menstruate, there are ways to reconnect yourself with the Moon phases.
Priscilla believes that being aware of the Moon phases can bring a shift to your cycle– making your cycle less painful and conception easier.
By journalling, you can look back and check how your mood, emotions and any other patterns differ around the lunar cycle.
For example, you may have more energy around a Full Moon but feel more tired around a New Moon.
Priscilla said: “It’s best to listen to your body and honour your cycle, that’s the most important advice to follow.
“You can focus on practices that can help regulate your cycle.
“Understand and make friends with menstruation and it will reward you with deeper self knowledge, stacks of energy, and the radiant health that a balanced body and mind can bring.”