You’ve been learning about your menstrual cycle and how to attune to its changing daily strengths, vulnerabilities, and self-care needs – and it’s been life changing to finally learn what you should have learnt as a child. So imagine how powerful it would be for our children to learn this knowledge and wisdom now – rather than having to figure it all out after many years of being disconnected to their body, their cycle and therefore, themselves. If you’d love to share what you now know with your child or any other child for that matter but aren’t sure of when or how to start, I’d love to give you some ideas to help you do that confidently in a way that feels gentle, age-appropriate, and empowering for you and your child.
Many mothers have traditionally thought that children aren’t ready to learn about their body, how it changes, what menstruation is, or anything else associated with puberty until they have their first period but when we leave “the talk” until this time, children already have a lot of feelings, thoughts and confusion about what’s been happening to their body and sense of selves for a while, and they question what these changes mean about them if they are left in the dark.
Children in the playground talk and share information that’s usually incomplete or inaccurate, leaving children to piece the story together themselves. Schools deliver education that’s most often squashed down in one or two hours total to combine information on what periods are and how to manage blood, anatomy and how reproduction works which sends children the message that having periods means that falling pregnant is something to fear, and that when they begin their periods, they’re ready to have sex, which is not the case at all from a developmental point of view.
When talking about periods is so uncomfortable, it continues the menstrual taboo that we have been victims of for millennia. So how do we cultivate a period positive culture?
In episode 71 of Wild Flow Podcast I’m chatting with Asina Mona Kupke all about reconnecting to your cyclical nature to tap into your soul’s purpose through the phases of your menstrual cycle, your intuition and working with crystals. We wandered through a delicious conversation which moved through:
How to choose crystal jewellery to support the phases of the menstrual cycle and inner child healing,
What the soul purpose is, and how the soul expresses itself,
How you know you can hear its your soul talking versus your ego,
How your soul voice might change across the phases of your menstrual cycle,
Tools to cultivate a clean, high vibrational vessel in body and mind, so you can tap into the callings of your soul, and come into more alignment with your soul’s purpose, and
How Asina’s soul is calling her to relocate across the world to transform and let go of some parts of her work to create space for the new to come through! Watch this space!
Today’s guest on Wild Flow is Joeli Caparco. Joeli is here to expand the horizons on who gets to participate in menstrual cycle awareness, and to specifically include people who identify as neurodivergent, queer and those who aren’t tapping into their body’s rhythm for fertility purposes. Menstrual Cycle Awareness is an archetypal experience of inner seasonal strengths and shadows that can bring us into sharp focus of how we express and embody different variations of ourselves across the menstrual cycle. For many its a very powerful self-awareness and empowerment tool, yet there is a tendency for people to think they should experience their cycle just as the textbook tells them, leaving them feeling further disconnection to their body and cycle when it doesn’t fit the mould.
My guest on the new episode of Wild Flow podcast is Madeline MacKinnon who wants everyone to know that food truly is powerful medicine that can quickly improve your menstrual cycle symptoms and challenges which you’ve been putting up with, when you understand your underlying hormonal imbalance type and eat nourishing foods full of the right vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
My guest on the new episode of Wild Flow podcast is Le’Nise Brothers a yoga teacher and registered nutritionist, mBANT, mCNHC, specialising in women’s health, hormones and the menstrual cycle. Le’Nise works with women through their menstruating years, perimenopause, menopause and beyond. She set up her private nutrition practice Eat Love Move to help empower and educate women to understand their bodies, advocate for better healthcare and heal. If you’re struggling with period problems, you might be wondering why some women love their period and menstrual cycle, and you might be questioning whether you too, can have a better period.
imagine a world where mothers were given sacred space to welcome their daughters intentionally into their coming of age rite of passage. and where girls were welcomed into circle with other mothers and daughters to find deep wisdom, loving support and a chance to experience true sisterhood all before their 13th birthday. there is a place on earth: it’s called the seeding wisdom journey held annually in the illawarra (nsw) by wise women arahni lion and jo rockendorfer. If you’ve ever wished you were more supported, more seen and heard, more understood and respected in your own maiden years, this is a truly special way of healing that part of you, and to give your child the best start to a conscious, empowered, embodied and connected womanhood. I know that when my daughters are of age, we will be taking the journey together, one by one.
Arahni and Jo share the story of why and how they created this potent experience, what happens within the journey, and why this kind of initiatory journey is needed now, more than ever.
Did you know that on average, Australian females experience between 450-500 periods in her lifetime, with the average cycle spanning between 21-35 days, and the average bleed lasting between 2-7 days?
Once we begin menstruating (at menarche – pronounced “men-ar-kee”) which occurs anywhere these days between roughly the ages of 8-15, and commonly around ages 12-13, we begin our monthly bleed (menstrual cycle) until we reach menopause which occurs approximately at the age of 50 (although again, this can occur much earlier or later as it is do individual).
After menarche our periods will be irregular for most of our teen years until the rhythm is established and our hormones settle into their natural, beautiful cycle. You might notice that some months you bleed for longer, or more heavily than other times, or that your cycle isn’t the same length each time. This is all ok – everyone’s cycle is different.
period power: why you should care about your period – wild flow podcast with Charlotte Pointeaux. This week on Wild Flow Podcast…
Understanding exactly what is going on within our bodies as cyclical beings is incredibly profound – in fact it’s life altering, and potentially culturally transformational. When the majority of girls grow up feeling very disconnected from their bodies and reject their menstrual cycles, as they are overwhelmed by cultural and familial menstrual shame, the effects of this play out in a multitude of ways across all realms of our lives. So by learning what your period is, and what your menstrual cycle is as a whole, and intentionally supporting and seeking support during our rites of passages is a sacred reclamation.
ADHD is becoming more and more understood as a neurodivergence, however what is still not being widely recognised is the link between what ADHD looks and feels like for women and girls, because of their hormonal cycle. Today’s guest Adele Wimsett is a Women’s Health Practitioner & Cyclical Living Expert. With a background of working with children with complex needs and diagnosed ADHD herself, she is keen to raises awareness about how females are affected by ADHD.
Eating to nourish your menstrual cycle. Lucia Mazzella is a functional health cycle coach, mad about teaching traditional kitchen wisdom to women and people with periods who want to take their health into their own hands and live in sync with their cycles. Her approach is simple, down to earth and practical, focusing on reducing period pain and PMS while balancing hormones naturally using food as medicine. And I love loved our conversation on Wild Flow Podcast with Charlotte Pointeaux, and so will you.
Lucia and I spoke about:
What does eating for your cycle mean and how is it different from syncing with food
Why is food so important for hormone health, and therefore menstrual health, fertility and overall good health?
How to meal prep for your period?
How to overcome those roadblocks you face that throw you off a wholesome meal and into calling for an Uber Eats.
Lucia’s freebie masterclass “Meal Prep For Your Best Period Ever” and upcoming Moon Menu live cooking school. listen now at www.charlottepointeaux.com/podcast