[guest paper] “The Menstrual Cycle: A Feminist Lifespan Perspective”

RachadminGuest Writings, Menstrual Health

“The Fact Sheet –four pages of content and two pages of must-have references—was collaboratively written by a team of members of the Society for Menstrual Research. It is available for download [pdf]. Sections include menstrual attitudes and representations, menarche, peri/menopause, menstrual care, problems associated with menstruation and more.” http://menstruationresearch.org/2011/12/26/sounding-smarter-in-less-than-3000-words/

[guest blog] 15 Crazy Things About Vaginas

RachadminGuest Writings, Musings

 by Lissa Rankin, M.D. in Owning Pink  Did you hear the story of how CBSNews.com asked me to write this post — “15 Crazy Things About Vaginas” — for their website on the launch day of my book? They had posted “15 Crazy Things About Sperm” and it was wildly popular. So they figured they’d play nice in the sandbox and give us … Read More

In tune with the moon?

RachadminGuest Writings, Menstrual Health, Musings

I wonder how many of us are in tune with the moon? Supposedly we bleed with the dark moon and ovulate on the full moon- presuming we have a regular cycle. Over the last 9 months- interestingly since I have moved out of the city and am much more exposed to the rhythms of nature, my cycle has slowly shifted … Read More

[guest blog] Nativity Scene…tampons???

RachadminGuest Writings, Musings

Tampon Nativity Gather ’round the manger for the Christmas Miracle. These three kings come bearing gold, frankincense, and…fresh-scented feminine hygiene products. see website for instructions on how to make! http://www.tamponcrafts.com/nativity.html

Embracing Your Moon Time

RachadminMenarche, Menstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, Musings

Embracing your Moon Time Rachael Hertogs reflects on positive menstruation published in Juno Magazine Autumn 2011  Imagine living in a culture that honoured women’s bleeding time (moon time) as sacred. There used to be a time when women’s sexuality was not separated from spirituality. These cultures understood that a woman’s bleeding time was a sacred time, a time of deep … Read More

Monthly Ritual/ Womb Prayer

RachadminMenstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, Musings

What monthly Moon Time rituals do you have? each month as I celebrate my bleed, I enter my Red Tent /Womb Space and I send healing and prayers to my womb….here’s one I’d like to share: World of the Womb My eye cannot see you. My will cannot control you. But I feel your presence, and I note your being … Read More

[guest blog] Menstruation and the Moon

RachadminGuest Writings, Menstrual Health

an excerpt from menstruation.com The Lunar or Lunation cycle refers to the journey that the Moon makes each month as it travels through its phases – from new moon to full moon and back to new moon again. This cycle exerts a major influence upon women and their menstrual cycles. It affects a woman physically, emotionally and spiritually. Physically, the … Read More

Premenstrual Mother

RachadminMenstrual Health, Musings

Years ago, when I first discovered that working with my cycle rather than against it made my premenstrual phase much easier to manage, and those PMT symptoms slowly began to disappear. I made sure I gave myself rest time, time to journal, time to meditate and time to work through any resentments that came up at ‘that’ time of the … Read More

[guest blog] Common Herbicide Causes Menstrual Trouble

RachadminGuest Writings, Menstrual Health

http://motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2011/11/atrazine-causes-menstrual-trouble Yet again, scientists have looked at populations routinely exposed to the widely used herbicide atrazine and found trouble. The latest: In a study published byEnvionmental Research (summarized here), researchers found evidence that atrazine could be causing menstrual irregularities and low estrogen levels in women, even when it appears in drinking water at levels far below the EPA’s limit of 3 parts per billion. … Read More

just a dot!

RachadminMenstrual Health, Moon Lodge/Red Tent, Musings

Does your period just creep up on you each month without ‘warning’? Even though your body is giving you strong messages ‘it’s that time of the month again’ do you ignore them and then get your flow and think ‘oh yeh, that’s what all that was about!’ Just taking some time to chart your cycle- it’s as simple as putting … Read More