Starting at the age of puberty throughout their reproductive life women can face many challenges concerning their menstrual cycle including heavy bleeding, irregularity, absent menstruation, cramps and so on. These inconveniences can occur until menopause which means that we can easily calculate with 30-40 years. So how many cycles altogether? I let you do the quick maths.
I believe menstrual health education is crucial for young girls and women so that they are aware of their own power and what their bodies are capable of.
The Aviva Method exercises were developed by Aviva Steiner in order to provide women with the possibility of controlling their menstrual cycle just the way they control other body functions (e.g. urination). Aviva wanted to give women the power to be able to decide whether they want to have a baby or not. As a result of decades of experimenting she created the Aviva Method Exercises for Women which series consists of 18 exercises that help with creating a balanced state of hormones within the whole body.
Women’s hormone balance is influenced by many external factors which affect menstruation. Certain situations, acts, feelings and medication can result in bringing menstruation or eliminating it altogether. According to experience elevated excitement, stress, movements that feature constant shaking and jumping (e.g. aerobics), strained physical work and certain beverages made from herbs can bring menstruation. On the other hand extreme changes in diet, lifestyle, malnutrition, fear and overstrain can cause the absence of menstruation.
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What is menstrual cycle?
The menstrual cycle is the regular natural change that occurs in the female reproductive system that makes pregnancy possible. During the monthly menstrual cycle, the uterus lining builds up to prepare for pregnancy. If a woman doesn't get pregnant, estrogen and progesterone levels eventually start dropping. Very low levels of estrogen and progesterone tell your body to start menstruation.
According to doctors a healthy cycle happens each month and lasts for 21-34 days with an average length of 28 days. The emphasis is more on the regularity and the repetition of the same pattern, which means that we should not take the number 28 that seriously given the fact that it was artifcially created by the application of contracepton pills.
What is menstruation?
Menstruation is a woman’s monthly bleeding, often called the “period.” When you menstruate, your body discards the monthly buildup of the lining of the uterus (womb). The menstruation is typically of crimson red colour, lasts for 4-6 days and ideally should happen without pain.
What does your cycle say about your health?
Just like blood tests and hormone tests, your cycle can provide you with a lot of information about your state of health. According to the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, your period may be used as a vital health sign. We are talking about the length, strength, colour, texture or regularity of menstruation.
Generally speaking any dramatic change in your monthly cycle should make you alert.
Moreover in case your cycle is shorter than 21 days or longer than 34 days, if you experience heavy bleeding, cramps and irregularity, chances are that there are hormonal imbalance issues that are definitely worth looking into. And I don't mean scratching the surface, but going until the root.
Keeping track of your cycle
It is important to keep track of your cycle not only so that you can plan ahead but also to register any changes. Using a calendar helps you arrange activities, holidays and love time. It is also used by many women as a natural method of contraception or - the other way around - if couples want to have a baby.
There are several applications out there that help you with tracking your period (Flo and Clue are my favs) but you can always use the classic calendar method by writing everything down on a paper of course.
How do the Aviva Method exercises regulate your period?
By stimulating the endocrine glands through specific movements the AVIVA Method exercises promote hormone balance. The body is provided with the opportunity of setting its optimal hormone levels at an ideal pace, in a natural way. This process primarily (but not only) includes the proper function of the HPG axis (hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis). The hypothalamus, the pituitary gland (FSH and LH production) and the gonadal glands (the ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone) can be spoken of as a single entity when it comes to the regulation of reproductive functions, womens' cycles and menstruation.
The exercises have been successful in case of the following issues regarding menstruation:
in case of irregular period (period is out of the 21-34 days range or it doesn’t occur every month)
in case of absent period (for women of reproductive age, e.g. after quitting the pill)
decreasing/increasing the length of the period
bringing the period when it’s late (at an early stage)
bringing the period at a planned date (holidays, weekend etc.)
decreasing the heaviness of bleeding
eliminating brown discharge before/after/in between periods
decreasing or eliminating pain and cramps before and during the period
Finally here are some questions for you to answer:
Did you have enough of dreading that time of the month because of the unbearable pain?
Are you fed up with not being able to plan anything because your period catches you by surprise?
Do you consider yourself too young for not having a period?
Do you think having regular periods is part of a healthy woman's life?
Do you believe that there should be something else beyond contraception pills that can be used for regulating your period?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above then I'm really glad that you are here.
You too can be the part of the growing group of women that have already used the AVIVA Method successfully for regulating their period naturally :)
If you are curious about what your body is capable of, then go ahead and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can set up an appointment to talk and figure out a tailor-made, natural solution to help your body heal itself.
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