Basics of Charting and Lunaception
One of the biggest reasons I started the 30-day Naturally Balanced Challenge, was to give myself some accountability when it comes to making new habits. Charting is one of those that I often forget about, so hopefully talking about it constantly will get me back into the groove. Below I’ve listed a few of the articles we’ve published on Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness, and while the basis of the articles is about conception, charting also helps us to figure out what’s going on with our hormones. If one part of our phase is to long or to short, it can mean different herbal advice or different dietary needs to fix the issue.
So one of my goals this month is to make sure I chart my temperature each morning at the same time.
- The Basics
- Charting Your Temperature
- Cervical Fluid
- Cervical Changes
- Secondary Symptoms
- Frequently Asked Questions about Charting
Thanksgiving day is kind of an odd day to start a challenge, huh? I know. But I also know that by practicing lunaception, I can help to regulate my hormones naturally, and the new moon starts tomorrow, so it’s an easy day for me to get on track.
Lunaception is basically the practice of balancing hormones by controlling the light in the room where we sleep. You see, much of our hormone production is done at night, and light int he room signals certain ones to be released. In the far off past, before electricity, women usually cycled with the moon as the full moon and it’s extra light signaled their bodies to ovulate.
full moon – signals ovulation new moon – menstruation
Since I’m coming off a miscarriage and as of last Friday still have hcg in my system, I’m going to focus on balancing my cycle with the moon cycle. To do so –
- Sleep in complete darkness starting November 24 (2011). This means covering up alarm clocks and windows that allow in any artificial light. Absolute darkness is best, but if you live in an area where there are no outside lights (in the boonies) you don’t have to be as picky about covering the windows. If you often get up at night to use the restroom, place dim nightlights in the hallway and bathroom and refrain from turning on overhead lights.
- Starting on December 9 (2011), the day before the full moon, allow a small amount of light into the room. Natural moon light through a window is best, otherwise try and find a very white, yet dim nightlight for your room.
- Three days later, on the 12th go back to sleeping in complete darkness until the next full moon.
- Grab a calendar and mark the first day of your last period as day one.
- Counting out to day 14 – that day you begin to sleep with a small light and continue for two more nights.
- Go back to sleeping in complete darkness.
*If you have a 28-30 day cycle, just keep following your cycle and on days 14-16 sleep with a small amount of light in the room.
*If you have a long cycle, you’ll want to number your calendar only to 30, and then even if your period doesn’t show up, start numbering again at one, and sleep in light on days 14-16 again. It may take a few months, but eventually your cycle should match. (much more effective when you’re making dietary changes as well)
My biggest issue will be covering the alarm clock…..my husband like to be able to see it at all hours of the night.
Have you regularly charted before or ever used lunaception to regulate your cycle?