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Q&A ~ Charting Tips

On the Verge of Tears: Crying, PMS and Acupressure

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 8:35 PM


Weeping is a human behavior. It helps us relieve stress, communicate with others, and feel soothed. Crying can also feel overwhelming, embarrassing, or just “in the way.” Sometimes, it lets us know that our physical or mental health is out of balance. All of these things can apply to the teariness that is ever-present for some women in the days before their periods.


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5 Things Charting Can Do For You If You Have Irregular Cycles (Birth Control IS on the List!)

Posted on November 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Times are good for learning about your period and your hormonal health. Empowering truths about the menstrual cycle are replacing misconceptions in talks, articles, and everyday conversations. More and more people are discovering that they can choose to ditch the pill, the shot, and the IUD in favor of Fertility Awareness Based Methods of birth control (FABMs). But one major misund...

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Unusual Bleeding is Unusual

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 4:25 PM

New Moon greetings! This month, let’s clear up the idea of “unusual bleeding,” or bleeding that isn’t a true menstrual period.

We always consider days of “unusual bleeding” to be fertile, because bleeding that isn’t a true menstrual period can be associated with ovulation. But how do you know if a bleed is “unusual”? It’s up to you, really – trust your awareness of yo...

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Your Happy Cervix

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 4:05 PM

 

"There's always something there." Many women tell me that there's always some discharge when they check for cervical mucus: "I never have a Dry day." Maybe it's pasty and white, or maybe yellowish and gummy. Figuring out your "Basic Infertile Pattern" so you can still tell your infertile days from fertile ones is always possible - but if you're getting yellow discharge every day, we should ask some other questions about reproductive health.

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Mood Matters

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM

It's the New Moon, and International Women's Day! One special event: Zahra Haji of Yoga Goddess’s ‪#‎notpsychoperiod‬ webinar party. Check it out by clicking here.

In keeping with Zahra’s theme of embracing and working in harmony with our hormonal cycles, I’d like to encourage you to note your mood on your chart. In the Justisse Method we have a ...

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Acupressure for Cramps

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Do you write "Cramps" on your chart every month?

I know many of you do. This New Moon I'd like to talk about something you can do yourself to get natural relief from painful periods: acupressure.

"Acupressure” is massaging or pressing on acupuncture points. Massaging these points throughout the month will be the most effective, because this can help prevent cramps. You can also ma...

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Bringing On a Late Period

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Question: My period is about 3 days late, and I'm tired of my PMS symptoms! What can I do to bring my period on?


It really depends why you aren't bleeding when you expect to. The most likely reason is that you ovulated later in this cycle than you are used to doing. For example, you're used to ovulating on Day 13 and getting your period after a 27-day cycle. If you ovulated on Day 17 this time, you'll probably...

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Dryer Cycle after a Cold or Flu

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I am having a much longer and dryer cycle than normal. I was sick at the beginning of this cycle and I'm wondering how that may be affecting what I'm seeing or will see.

 

The typical way that stress and illness affect a cycle is to postpone ovulation. You may see an extended dry phase before the mucus phase begins and ovulation occurs, ...

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Where are My Dry Days? Continuous Cervical Mucus and BIP

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

One of the more confusing things a new charter can run into is continuous mucus. Continuous mucus isn't part of the classic mucus phase that goes with the approach of ovulation, but mucus that is present before or after this phase. Not really what we expect, right? Usually we consider any and all mucus that can be picked up off the tissue to be stuff that sperm can live in and stuff that means ovulation is approaching. 

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Why Should We Bleed?

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

The idea of only getting 4 periods a year with some of the new pills, or having no periods at all by taking the shot, doesn't seem right to me. I don't have any great reason other than the female cycle seems like something that shouldn't be interfered with. Are there any medical reasons to keep bleeding?

 

That is a great question. The ...

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