Understanding your sacred body on the deepest level puts you in a position to be a great teacher and luminary.
There's a 98% chance you didn't learn most of the following facts as a young woman. And if you did, consider yourself on the leading edge.
12 Empowering Facts Every Woman Should Know About Her Womb + Body:
1. It Creates and Destroys.
Your womb is the center of your creative energy. During the time that you're approaching ovulation you will feel more social and turned on. At this time, you are energetically preparing to be penetrated by life itself.
After ovulation, you recede into darkness like the waning moon, into a time of introspection. It's here that you will crave more solitude as you traverse 'the dark side' just before entering menstruation.
Ovulation: You create. Energy builds.
Menstruation: You destroy. Energy Releases.
This rhythm is essential to understanding menstruation as spiritual practice.
When you align your mind and heart with the natural rhythm of your biology you facilitate spiritual growth and understanding.
2. You Respond to the Moon.
As a human, comprised of over 80% water, you are intimately linked to the ebb and flow of the lunar cycles (and to the larger movements of cosmic order).
The sacral chakra specifically, is a yin center, that governs the fluids, hormones, and reproductive system of your body.
3. It's Mega Strong.
It's a multi-layered, super-powered muscle and it's the strongest of 'em all.
During birth the uterus has got a wild job to facilitate. For nine months, or ten moons, the womb expands to house a growing human. Then, during an incredible culmination she rhythmically surges, relaxes, and pushes a new human out.
These surges are autonomous, meaning the mother does not have to direct her uterus with her mind, much like we don't have to consciously direct our heart beat.
4. It Can be in the Wrong Place.
"When a woman's uterus is out of balance, so is her life." - Don Elijio, Maya Shaman
The uterus has eight ligaments that keep it in it's optimal position not including the ligaments that separately support the ovaries. These ligaments are prone to shortening and lengthening because the womb itself is designed to expand and move.
And just like any other ligaments in the body they can become strained through injury and cause the uterus to move into misalignment. The longer she stays misaligned, the harder it is to get her back to center.
Wise woman tip: When you are menstruating don't do any heavy lifting. The ligaments are flexible and susceptible to misalignment at this time.
Most OB/GYNs are not aware that correcting the misalignment is crucial for a woman's health. And most aren't trained in the hands-on techniques that can realign her. If you think you may have a misaligned uterus I highly recommend seeking a maya abdominal massage practitioner here.
5. Gravity Brings Her Down.
Although, it doesn't have to if you keep active and keep your pelvic floor strong. Squats, frequent walking/movement, and practicing exercises with your jade egg will help you to keep your womb lifted and central.
6. It Swells During Menstruation.
Take one look at the photo below and you'll know why your body wants to slow down when you are bleeding. Your uterus gets BIG. An enlarged menstruating uterus, if misaligned, can press upon the descending colon, or the bladder, or in other directions.
Wise Woman Tip: Start a moon-time journal. Write down what phase the moon is in on the first day of your bleed. Then, note where you feel pain when menstruating and monitor this pain to see if it changes from month to month.
7. It's Yours Before All Else.
Your body, your choice. A well-meaning physician might want to induce you during pregnancy, or prescribe you birth control to help you with your skin, or possibly suggest a hysterectomy.
Remember, you get to step back from any outside suggestion to check in with yourself, first. This is about learning to trust your instincts and your body as an intelligent and divinely-designed vessel.
8. Prolapse is Real.
I had never heard of uterine prolapse until I studied with the Arvigo Institute, likely because I was in my early twenties and the sex education I had received in school was archaic.
Prolapse is when the uterus starts to lower down into the vaginal canal. It's often the result of weak pelvic floor muscles, gravity, a difficult birth, or unresolved trauma. You can actively prevent prolapse by starting a jade egg practice and keeping your pelvic floor strong.
9. A Hysterectomy is Not 'Bad'.
Yes, removing your physical uterus can be ultra traumatic if you're not ready and haven't exhausted other options. But it's important to know that deciding to remove your uterus is not good or bad, it just is.
Your womb is an energetic space that can never be taken from you.
10. It Carries Karma.
Your womb stores information on an energetic level that has been passed down ancestrally from womb to womb. This is what we call the Mother-line.
It's no mistake that your mother is yours. You stand at the precise place in the mother-line so that you can bring the next level of healing to yourself, your ancestors, and to this planet.
11. Inversions During Menstruation Will Prolong Your Period.
When we bleed, there is a down and outward energy at work in the body. It is wise to work with this energy, rather than resist.
If you want to assist your body, and possibly shorten the time you bleed, avoid inversions while menstruating (any posture where your pelvis is above your head).
12. Blood is an Indicator.
The color and consistency of your blood is an important indicator of your health. Ideally, you want to see bright red blood at the beginning of each cycle all the way through to the end.
Womb Love + Thank you so much!
I hope you enjoyed this list + found it enriching! I'd be super appreciative if you'd share it with your sister-goddess-friends. Knowledge is power, yes, but only when we're confident in ourselves. Here's to more women, knowing and honoring their sacred bodies.