The effect of the moon on our fertility...
Many people have pondered on the effect of the moon on the tides, our emotional state and on people in our society as a whole. Who hasn't heard about the effects of the full moon on our levels of excitement, crime rates, and hospital admissions?
As far back as 1972, psychiatrist Arnold Lieber wrote an article based on a 15 year study in Florida around homicides and crime rates. It noted statistically significant rates of homicides connected to phases of the moon(1). He believed that as humans are mostly comprised of water, that our bodies may also have our own rhythmic 'tides' which could influence and impact on our emotions. Putting homicide aside now, how can the moon impact on our cycles?
Across most traditional societies-women have had believed that the moon influences their fertility and menstrual cycle. Francesca Naish writes about it in her book 'Natural Fertility', and has even dedicated a whole book to it called 'The Lunar Cycle'. In Natural Fertility, Naish discusses a women's reproductive as one that is cyclical in nature and impacted by the moon.
The moon impacts us through its gravitational pull, the light of the moon can impact on hormone stimulation, ionisation effects (adrenal function and levels of seratonin are affected by air ionisation), and through its electromagnetism(2). This indicates a very close relationship between the moon, hormones & emotions-ask many a menstruating woman why she feels emotionally upset or angry prior to getting her period and you may just get a clobber over the head if the words 'is it that time of the month' are uttered!
The lunar cycle (the impact of the moon on a woman's fertility) was initially discovered by a Czech psychiatrist Dr Eugen Jonas in the 1950's, who also had an interest in astrology (he preferred to call 'astrobiology'). Jonas was interested in natural birth control, and so was interested in investigating why the rhythm method had such a low success rate. His research led him to research into the conception dates of his clients, which often fell outside when a woman was supposed to ovulate (mid-cycle), which is not considered to be possible.
From studying over a thousand women over a period of a year in his clinic, his results led him to conclude that among other things, a woman is most fertile at the same phase of the moon that was present at her birth. The interesting this is that this 'fertile phase' may or may not coincide with her mid-cycle ovulation. Many women have heard about women that have conceived outside what is considered possible, for example during their menstrual period.
Is it really that inconceivable that this has something to do with the cycles of the moon and our own bio-rhythmic cycle? Is it such a surprise that a lunar orbit takes 28 days (the time the moon takes to travel around the earth), roughly the same time that the average woman menstruates? (2).
The huge importance of this observation for women that are trying to conceive, is a whole potential other window of opportunity for fertility during the menstrual cycle that most women are unaware of. Isn't this something that you should know about if it can potentially assist you to have a baby?
By understanding how the moon influences your cycle, you can tap into this resource-especially handy if you have an irregular menstrual cycle or do not know when you ovulate-which can be tricky when you're trying to fall pregnant. If this is a resource that you would like to utilise, contact me for a lunar cycle consultation so that you can find out how the moon can potentially assist you as a woman in your fertility.
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