Cyclical Work Without a Cycle
Inclusive Cyclical Living
Cyclical living is not just the remit of bleeding womxn; with or without a visible monthly cycle, living in tune with your rhythms and the rhythms of nature is beneficial your mental, physical and emotional health.
There are many reasons why a person might not have a visible monthly cycle, including (but not limited to) being born without a womb, having had a hysterectomy, menopause, early menopause, lactational amenorrhea, hypothalamic amenorrhea, eating disorders, hormonal contraception, being a trans woman, and some health issues. However, there are many ways to explore cyclicity beyond just Menstrual Cycle Awareness. As with hormonal contraception you won't be tracking your period, but tracking and charting your moods, energy levels, behaviours, tendencies and physical changes can be a very grounding practice, providing insight into your mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. If you're not working with a cycle I often suggest tracking alongside the phases of the moon.
Cyclical living is not just the remit of people with periods; with or without a visible monthly cycle, living in tune with your rhythms and the rhythms of nature can be so supportive.
Cyclical Work Without A Cycle
All of my offerings (EVEN Menstrual Mentoring) are open to all womxn whether bleeding or not. I seek to combine menstrual cycle awareness with lunar cycle, cyclical living and seasonal awareness for the benefit of all. I never explicitly ask about your cycling life, this is an entirely optional area of discussion. It is very important to me that womxn with and without wombs, with and without periods and with or without a positive relationship to menstruality are included and supported equally within these spaces.
If peri-menopausal, menopausal or in the post menopause wisdom years then you may have a life of cyclical wisdom to share with us and we welcome your wild wisdom. It is also said that at this time you become an expert of the inner autumn (the premenstrual phase). As typically one of the most challenging seasons of the cycle for many women, your wealth of wisdom on this is hugely welcomed. This work can retrospectively shed light on a life of periods as well as deepening your connection to the lunar, seasonal, and greater life cycles.
There are many reasons why a person might have irregular cycles, such as PCOS, perimenopause, stress, travel, or an underlying health issue. If your cycle is irregular, know that often there is a larger cycle within that. Years of talking about periods has shown me that anecdotally lots of people experience a change in cycle length around seasons change. Strange but seemingly true.
Perhaps one of the most beneficial elements of charting and tracking, for those with irregular cycles, is the ability to predict your period. As you begin to learn the signs of ovulation, this can be achieved fairly accurately, as the premenstrual phase is generally considered to be the most consistent. The unpredictability of an irregular cycle requires even closer, more attentive inner listening. Sometimes this very act of attention, acceptance and cooperation, can help to iron out the very issues that made it irregular to begin with.
Hormonal contraception means that you don't have periods (the bleeding is a withdrawal bleed from the drugs) so you won't be able to track your period as such, but there's still a great depth of work that can be done. As far as I'm concerned, tracking and charting are great mental health tools and a menstrual cycle is just one blueprint to follow.
Side point: There are lots of incredibly valid reasons for needing and/or wanting hormonal contraception, so please know that there will never be any judgement from me. This will never exclude you from the work I offer.
Please do get in contact if you have any questions.