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Your Period and Its Spiritual Significance

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We usually feel reluctant to think positively of this painful and somewhat inconvenient point in each month, but what if we could use this time to grow and understand ourselves more, spiritually? You are reading page 5 of Your Period and Its Spiritual Significance. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Shame my menstrual cycle decided to punish me with the most horrendous pain I've ever been in, and the only way out of it was a complete surgical removal of my ovaries, uterus, and cervix. I'm sure the doctor was only trying to remove the power of my being, as the pain that felt like childbirth with no break surely would've made me stronger.

What a crock of ****.

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All kidding aside, I dabbled in the moon-time spirituality thing back in the day, and truly, if I could have had those days off to pray and meditate and create art and simply be, then I'd say you were on to something.

But the fact is, we still have houses and spouses and children and jobs to go to, and feminine hygiene is just one more thing to fit in around everything else. And for women who have real discomfort and pain during their menses, it's simply doesn't feel all spiritual and stuff.

I would like to see more research put into dysmenorrhea studies rather than "Pills for everybody!"

But that's a rant for another time.

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The next time my wife complains I am going to cite this article. I know she will appreciate my thoughtfulness.

I recommend a helmet, confirming alternative lodging options, and having your PT/INR checked before proceeding with this. Other than that, great idea.

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I recommend a helmet, confirming alternative lodging options, and having your PT/INR checked before proceeding with this. Other than that, great idea.

I recommend protective hockey gear, including a cup.

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And eat their placentas. Don't forget their placentas.

THAT'S what I'm having on Fridays from now on. Forget about the pizza!

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Well, I guess I can't speak for the intent of the OP, but I assumed it was serious because I've met several women (womyn) who espouse what the OP is saying. Celebrate your "moon cycle" and your womynhood, use menstrual cups instead of tampons and then use the contents to fertilize your plants, rejoice in awe of your life-giving, nurturing power, etc.

Wait. Period blood as a fertilizer?

Learn something new everyday I suppose.

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Yeah, after 6 surgeries for endo and having PCOS my period has never been spiritual for me unless you count the hours I've spent rolling around and screaming on the floor from cramps. It took a while to find a gynecologist that would diagnose me with both Pcos and endo.

My endo was so bad it traveled into my stomach and rectum. It took my ovaries twisted them and attached them to my bladder. Fun times.

My bleeding has been so bad my last two periods I'm now anemic. I have to take iron supplements. It was not spiritual to soak completely through tampons every 30-45 minutes for 24 hours straight.

I hate my period and have been contemplating a hysterectomy.

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For all the women who have shared their pain with all of this, Thank you, and be well.

For BostonFNP, it was nice knowing you.

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I feel compelled to share this:

My oldest was approaching puberty and we had 'the talk'. I was working 3-11 and she called to say she had blood in her urine. Yikes! but upon further questioning, she had started her first period. Reminded her about the pads- all was well after I confirmed that she could, indeed, go roller skating while on her cycle.

I come home and she is still awake. I go sit on her bed for a little mother-daughter time. I asked "Did you remember to put on a new pad before bed?"

She sat straight up in bed, and with the indignation only an 11-year old can muster spat out, "What???? You mean this goes on AT NIGHT too??"

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Yeah, they do. I used to work with someone when I first got our of nursing school who was into all that Earth-Mother, new-age, hippy trippy stuff. This sounds just like the stuff she used to say.

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This thread, tho! ahhhhh. I needed a little levity in my day. To the OP, no disrespect meant to you, at all. I think AN is probably not the best forum for soul-baring, spiritual introspection of any kind -- but that's just me.

Edited by WestCoastSunRN

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I live in a small-but-growing city which has a population of probably at least 80% folks who subscribe to variations of La-La-New-Age, who consider themselves 'righteous'. The alternative newspaper has some pretty 'far out' ads. A veritable plethora of Life-Coaches. Pretty heavily womyn-oriented spirituality. LOTS of different spiritual choices, and more etceteras than you ever thought could exist! Suffice it to say the list of 'practitioners' of one sort or another is too lengthy to specify .

I have wandered many pathways of spirituality but none 'took' for long; nothing felt right. I have met many like OP where I live, so I don't doubt her sincerity. But I would say that through-out the years, OP might find her special viewpoint hard to sustain. And HERE, it is alllll about sustainability, in every aspect you can imagine. Life intrudes no matter where you are "at", dig it?

I spent ten+ years going through The Menopause From Hell and I hope to never-ever be reincarnated as a woman! When I first read The Red Tent, I thought, oooh, wouldn't that have been nice to have 'those' days set aside to soothe yourself and all. But, y'know what? Women having their periods ARE tough to deal with. Every one of us have our own little period-hell we go through. I think being in an effing TENTFUL of menstruating women would get tedious pretty darn fast! No offense to anyone, but you KNOW what I'm talking about.

I celebrated my womynhood by having my tubes cut, tied, and cauterized for my 27th birthday. My periods served no purpose except to disrupt every single vacation I EVER took.

OP - You go ahead and celebrate YOUR time of the month, your visiting friend, the curse, etc, however your happy little heart desires. Namaste' and all that. Me? I am happy to be able to ignore the calendar and not purchase pads and tampons. w00t! :woot:

Edited by No Stars In My Eyes
I confess to calling the aromatherapist who named herself CREEK SONG, CREEK ROCK. tsk-tsk-tsk!

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