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Womens Monthly Cycle

The menstrual cycle is from the first day of a woman’s period to the day before her next period. From menarche (first period) to menopause most women will have a regular menstrual cycle, many women may notice changes throughout their cycle and from month to month. Whether it’s something physical like weight fluctuation or breast tenderness or emotional changes like anger or sadness.

Many women will just carry on regardless at the time of their period and use painkillers to alleviate any discomfort. It seems to be a common expectation among women that problems and associated symptoms of menstruating are  the norm and just something to put up with each month.

Ayurveda doesn’t see a woman’s period as a problem, instead it views it as a monthly cleansing of the uterus and an opportunity to remove toxins from the body. This cleansing not only prepares the body for conception but also for a healthy pregnancy.

Take care to spend time caring for yourself as much as possible during this time of the month. If there’s an opportunity to rest and be inward take it. Try to be in-tune with your body and listen to what it needs. Nurture yourself. Follow a healthy diet that incorporates exercise. If possible enjoy as many early nights as you can.

According to Ayurveda periods needn’t be a problem but a great opportunity to embrace femininity. A dosha imbalance is responsible for an unsettled monthly cycle according to Ayurveda. Balancing your doshas by thinking about your lifestyle. Choosing products like herbal preparations and teas to support yourself will help restore balance and harmony.

Women who have a vata imbalance may:

  • have irregularity
  • less blood
  • darker blood
  • shorter period length ( less than 5 days )
  • menstrual pain
  • pain radiating into the groin
  • thigh and lower back pain
  • thigh and lower back ache
  • constipation

To balance vata:

  • favour sweet, sour, salt and oily foods
  • eat less bitter, astringent, cold, dry, spicy foods
  • keep warm and wrapped up, stay out of draughts
  • try to get into a good routine and have early nights
  • regular abhyanga ( oil massage )
  • drink hot fluids

Women with a pitta imbalance may experience:

  • heavier menstrual flow
  • brighter colour flow
  • clotting
  • longer period length ( more than 5 days )
  • sharp period pain
  • feeling hot and uncomfortable
  • feeling irritable or angry
  • headaches or migraines
  • darrhoea

To balance Pitta

  • favour sweet, bitter, astringent and oily foods
  • reduce over spicy, sour, salty, and dry foods
  • cooling foods and cool weather balance pitta
  • avoid very cold drinks

Women with a kapha imbalance may experience:

  • pale blood
  • large clots
  • dull pain
  • paleness
  • feeling sad and sentimental

To balance kapha:

  • favour pungent, bitter, astringent, light foods
  • reduce sweet, sour, salty, oily, heavy and cold foods
  • take regular exercise
  • rise early in the morning and avoid napping
  • favour bright strong colours
  • have fun and meet new people