Menstrual education is my great passion. I have always been driven by passion but in the past I channeled it through fighting social injustice, environmental damage, ruthless economic models, et cetera. Nothing wrong with fighting a good fight, but to be honest with you, fun and positive attitude were missing from my professional life, big time! That took a toll on my health.
That is why I made a promise to myself: I would keep on investing my time in activities that are meaningful to me, but I would have fun doing them and I want my clients and stakeholders to have fun with me.
Menstrual education is so important and yet missing from mainstream education. Think about that: the menstrual cycle is the fifth vital sign, it is not supposed to be painful, and yet, the vast majority of us report pain and absenteeism.
We are not born with period problems. The majority of menstrual disorders are the result of poorly informed life-style choices, deliberately chosen or superimposed by society. Medication, the pill, are not real answers, and tend to mask the root problems until it is too late, and they have caused more serious damage.
This is my mission: provide cutting-edge consulting on menstrual literacy with fun, transformative and professional resources and information, where quality is non-negotiable.
Today I want to present you part of Medulla’s “playground”, some of the tools we use at workshops and one-on-one sessions (my accountant is already having fun with my expenses).
Getting familiar with your cervical mucus
I am not a fan of beauty products. They usually contain toxic chemicals that can disrupt our endocrine system (I use olive oil and coconut oil for make-up removal and moisturizing, despite my oily skin: they are excellent, do not produce plastic waste and are considerably cheaper). But. Old lotions can become quite handy when exercising with cervical mucus texture and colour.
The first picture details the creams and lotions that we use at the workshops. The pictures in black and white come from my training material of the symptothermal method Sensiplan. The more elastic, transparent and stretchy the mucus, the nearer ovulation is.
Getting familiar with your cervix
The idea came from a colleague of mine, Yan from China: you buy a vagina from the sex shop and build the cervix yourself with some cotton and a condom. Cervix texture, opening and position in the vagina change according to our level of estrogen. If you are trying to get pregnant, or if you have a family history of cervical cancer, this exercise is particularly good for you.
The different positions of the cervix during the menstrual cycle: at menstruation the cervix is low and if you insert a (clean!) finger you will notice it is low, hard and open. At ovulation is rises up and if you insert a finger you will notice is high, soft and open (you can measure its position with your phalanges).
Getting familiar with your uterus
The tip came from my colleague Mairead, from England, who found an affordable anatomic model of the uterus. Ok, it is not super polished, but on the other hand, it does not cost $1000 and it does the job.
Anatomical reproduction of the healthy uterus.
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