I spent the first 20 years of my menstruating life HATING my period.
It was so painful that I threw up for days from the pain. I would break out into a cold sweat, shaking so badly I couldn’t stand. I often passed out right before my period. Imagine explaining that your friends in high school. I used the food poisoning excuse until I couldn’t use it anymore.
PMS— the mood swings controlled me and I felt like a spectator rather than a driver of my life. It was horrific. I was on Birth Control and Narcotics just to get through a day of high school, but it didn’t work!
With that said, I am no longer in pain. In fact, I love my periods now. So much so that I’m, The Period Coach. Now I help women end their PMS and Painful Periods, so they too can have beautiful, powerful periods!
Periods are such a taboo topic that there are many myths floating around. One of the first steps in finding the power in your period is to debunk the myths around our period.
Here are five myths that I want to debunk:
- Painful Periods Are Normal
A healthy period is not painful. I am the living proof of that. Cramps, bloating, headaches, migraines, all these painful symptoms are an indication that there is an imbalance in your body.
Tip: Use Clary Sage essential oil in a carrier oil on your abdomen over your womb to help ease cramps. Clary Sage has been used by women throughout the centuries to help ease pain, even in childbirth! As with any essential oil, be sure to test it on a small part of your skin before using to see if any irritation occurs.
- Mood Swings Are Normal
Just like pain, if you get extremely moody or bitchy as you get closer to your period, hormonal imbalances are most likely the culprit.
Tip: Passionflower tincture can be very helpful in making overwhelming mood swings gentler. If you are charting your cycle daily add in good fiber like buckwheat after you ovulate until you get your period.
- Sugar Cravings Are Just Part Of Being A Woman
Many women express a desire to eat sweet treats and junk food around their periods. I have also seen this notion being publicized as marketing campaigns for products and services. I hate this! It fuels our addictions and makes ALL our symptoms worse! Sugar is highly addictive, the more you eat the more you NEED.
Tip: Rather than going on a junk food binge, set yourself up for success by keeping high quality chocolate in your cupboards that’s not full of crappy sugar. Or make yourself a sweet treat like hot chocolate made from raw cacao and coconut milk, totally sugar free and SUPER satisfying!
- Periods Are Gross
Let’s debunk that myth right now. Period blood is actually one of the easiest and most visible indicator of your health.
Brown blood, spotting, clots, really dark blood are all ways your body is trying to tell you that something is wrong. A healthy period blood is a beautiful bright red, even a little pink in color.
Tip: Using a menstrual cup or sea sponge can make seeing your blood so much easier. It can be awkward and uncomfortable at first but they are SO much better for you (and the environment) than disposable pads and tampons! Plus many women report a significant decrease in cramps when they make the switch. I’ve got lots of resources for using these products if you have questions.
- Your Period Is A Curse
On the contrary. In fact your period is full of power and it’s just waiting for you to tap into it. Our period gives us a natural calendar to be in tune with. Think of a month as the time from one period to the next. When we listen to our body, we know that within one month we get to enjoy the four seasons, the spring, the summer, the fall, and the winter. These seasons then tell us what are we best at, what types of work we should focus on, and what type of food nurtures our body the most.
Tip: Try eating with your cycle. Print this picture out and stick it on your fridge. When you’re thinking about a snack or what to make for dinner try adding something in that you like!
There are so many myths about periods that almost all women are living needlessly in shame, embarrassment, and pain. I want to change all that, Period. That’s why I am curating The Red Circle Summit, a gathering of 27 experts that goes live May 26th! We will debunk the myths and celebrate the power in our periods. You can register for The Red Circle Summit here[http://www.theperiodcoach.com/trc/].
Stasha Washburn is the foundHER of ThePeriodCoach.com[http://www.theperiodcoach.com/] and The Period Coach for Entrepreneurial Women who want to enjoy PMS-free periods and learn to harness the power of their periods to operate their business literally in the FLOW! Stasha is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and a Qi Gong and Tai Chi Teacher who fuses both Western and Eastern practices in her coaching. Stasha blends scientific research with feminine ceremony to create a unique mind, body, energy approach.