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Menstruation and culture

Menstruation from Cultural Perspectives

The menstrual cycle is a bane in many women’s lives and those few days of bleeding are understood and managed in varied and interesting ways by cultures around the world.

But for those less educated or impoverished, it’s their most dreaded time of the month. Without access to sanitary products, many girls are hidden in shame, forced to miss school and some become susceptible to infections. In places where women’s bodies are viewed with suspicion, damaging social stigmas and myths cast them away from the community, limiting their job options and social interactions, which inevitably takes an incalculable socioeconomic, physical and mental toll on their lives.

Examples of attitudes and practices:

Nepal A recent news story

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The Female Deer Exercise

Awakening the Goddess Within

It is thought that this simple Qi Gong exercise to increase Women’s Vitality, Sexual Health, Fertility and Pleasure has its roots in tantra and can be performed once or twice daily, except during menstruation or pregnancy.

The Female Deer Exercise tones the female endocrine system, increasing overall vitality, sensuality, centeredness, and turns uncomfortable bottled-up sexual desire into relaxed, enjoyable sensuality. It cultivates sexual energy, improves overall vitality and mental alertness, improves sexual enjoyment, and reduces or eliminates many common women’s ailments. It is simple to perform, takes only a few minutes and is very pleasurable.

Together, the two phases of the female deer exercise spread sexual pleasure and energy throughout the body, increasing the potential for

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PMS and You

An Affliction Caused by Malnourishment and Poor Health

From about the the age of about twelve to fifty, women experience their menstrual cycle. In the course of a healthy woman’s life, this cycle rarely causes problems or discomfort. But unfortunately today, many women find the process difficult or even distressing as many physical and emotional symptoms collectively known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), [premenstrual tension (PMT) or stress (PMS)], appear in the days prior to bleeding.

PMS may include abdominal cramps, constipation, painful joints, backaches, bloating, breast tenderness, craving, moodiness, headaches, migraines, water retention, fatigue, acne, decreased work or social performance, altered libido, anxiety, depression and other symptoms.

PMS is a fact of many women’s lives

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The Woman's Moon

Harmonising the menstrual cycle

The name menstruation comes from the Latin word menses which means “menstrual flow”, it is also the plural of mensis meaning month and is related to the Greek word “mene” meaning moon. This indicates a historical relationship between the lunar and menstrual cycles.

The moon is a symbol for primal female energy as associated with the goddesses of pagan times like Diana the queen of witches, huntress and protector of the wild and free who was worshipped in ancient Rome. Like the Indian Goddess Kali, she is still respected and admired today as a symbol of woman’s prowess and capacity to love and protect. (Details below)

The cycle of the moon takes 29.5 days, close to

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Massage for Period Pain

Rub that pain away

From the onset of puberty, the woman’s mistress cycle presents a series of challenges. She needs to maintain a dietary program that contains the nutrients to replace the losses sustained during her period. She also needs to maintain a fitness program so that her reproductive system has the freedom to function as it should.

We live in an age of decay and very few women are blessed with perfectly healthy bodies, although in the thrall of youth, it is very easy to feel indestructible and totally in command of life even when you are not.

Heavy, a regular and painful periods are symptomatic that not only reproductive health is an issue, it’s also a symptom of

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Managing Yeast Infections

A symbiotic relationship unbalanced

The embarrassing and uncomfortable condition known as Candida or a vaginal thrush infection is one of the most common ailments affecting women of all ages. But it not only affects women, it can also infect men and it can be classified as an STD because it can be transmitted during sexual activity.

Yeast naturally occurs throughout the body from the mouth, through the entire digestive tract, within the vagina and under the foreskin in men. It’s usually kept ‘in balance’ by all the healthy bacteria that live inside us. When there is an imbalance in our healthy bacteria combined with a weakening of our immune system, an over production of the unhealthy bacteria and yeast

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Feminine Hygiene

Contrary to opinion, women do sweat and other myths

As much as we may hate to admit it, women can sweat and have body odour similar to men, and a regular shower and clean clothes takes care of that. While body odour usually indicates that one is due for a shower or bath, excess body odour (BO) can also be a sign that ones diet and lifestyle is out of balance, or that one has eaten something disagreeable (like excess garlic) or has an illness.

Many women suffer skin infections and some of these are attributed to poor hygiene, however often the real cause is another health problem, or using to much soap/cleanser and failing to remove the soap/cleanser residues

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The Menstrual Cycle

A rite of passage

The menstrual cycle occurs in women and periods can begin as young as age six or seven in populations affected by environmental poisoning. But more commonly they start any-time between the ages of nine to fifteen years.

Menstruation can start before or during the growth of breasts. Menstruation and ovulation results from of a very complex and delicately balanced chemical cycle that mature females go through every month or so.

What is a menstrual cycle? The menstrual cycle is how a woman’s body prepares for the possibility of pregnancy each month. A cycle usually averages about 28 days long and starts on the first day of a period. However, a cycle can range anywhere

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The Ruby Cup

A blessing for women and the environment

Ruby Cup is a social business that keeps women more comfortable during their periods and it also helps keep girls in school as when you buy the company donates another Ruby Cups to a girl in Africa.

Many women load their periods, those without money are afraid of leaking and a great many woman isolate themselves for two or three days. But the majority must carry on with life and typically do their best with tampons and sanitary pads.

The trouble with tampons and sanitary pads is that they contribute hugely to landfills. They are detrimental to the environment and they often contain unpleasant toxins due to the variance of manufacturing processes.

But

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Painful Menstruation

Completely gone after massage therapy

Massage for menstrual difficulties involves a detailed massage to the abdomen and entire external genital region as part of a full body treatment.

As a massage therapist, people come with all manner of problems as there are few that cannot be helped through this gentle and natural healing art. Massage heals by releasing the stored stress that impacts body systems and helps to restore comfort and normal functionality.

As a retired massage therapist and tutor after some 40 years of experience, I have helped many women to overcome their menstrual problems and even some problems with conception. A big part of the problem with painful periods is poor diet and nutrition as well as

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