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Mother As First Guru ( By Swami Gurupremananda Saraswati
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can often bring things back into balance quickly. But how many young women opt for a cover-over solution or push it out of their mind as not being important or just a phase which will pass, only to find that later in life they have serious problems which impedes successful conception or healthy pregnancies?

~Irregular Cycles~

   What is long, what is short, how long is too long, how short is too short? According to the current medical perspective, when a fertility cycle is between 21 and 35 days, it is considered inside the norm. But what fascinates me, is why we have come to accept such a wide variance in these figures as normal when the concept of a monthly or lunar cycle indicates that it should be much closer to the average lunar month of 29.5 days. Whilst a range of 21 - 35 days may be common, (28 plus or minus 7) that doesn’t necessarily make it good or normal or even satisfactory. A 25% variation in specification? If they built cars to such tolerances we would all be lying in ditches beside the road. If women’s cycles had always been varying from 21 - 35 days, they would never have been called monthly (menses) or lunar cycles in the beginning – so what is going on here?
   There seems to be some deep attachment, in both the medical fraternity as well as the general female population, to this idea that women should be “free to have any length of cycle they want, or seem to get given”. Whilst a large proportion of the menstruating female population seem to enjoy popping a pill everyday to force their body into a fake, 28 day regularity, another large contingent seem content to put up with a cycle which is constantly out of sync with nature and continually catching them by surprise! One frequently hears things like – “I’ve always had a short / long cycle” or “I’ve always fluctuated quite a bit”, as if that’s just the way it is, and ever shall be.
   If we list the different possible periodic groups we have: (i) those who are regularly long; (ii) those who are regularly short; (iii) those who are regularly median; and (iv) those who fluctuate; (v) complete absence of menstruation. (see Amenorrhea) . According to the lunar cycle method previously discussed, each woman should ideally cycle in parallel with the phase of the moon in which she was born, in other words all women should be in the regularly median group.Lots of irregularly cycling women have embraced the system and gradually come around to that very situation.

Even without knowing exactly how this can happen, many women have shown that it does. And like those who have developed the system for making this possible, I believe that all women should be aiming to restore their monthly cycle more closely to the ideal lunar average of 29.5 days, and that they should be learning how to do this naturally, without medical help.

Why and How?
   There are physical and mental disadvantages to cycles at both ends of the so-called norm. Looking at an elongated cycle first. For several months after coming off the pill a woman can usually expect to experience some disruption to her ovulation whilst her ovaries get back into action. This will definitely cause cycles to become longer for a while. During this time she should be involved with a natural program of herbs and yoga to help get her system back to what she calls her “normal” length. The longer a cycle, the longer the cleansing process is delayed, and since the endometrium has been building up during the extended first phase of the cycle, it will end up much thicker and older than in a cycle closer to the median. This will tend to cause longer and more uncomfortable pre-menstrual symptoms and longer, more uncomfortable and less efficient menstruation.
   It is known that the luteal phase of any cycle is usually no less than fourteen and no longer than sixteen days. Therefore, if a woman is experienc-ing long cycles, particularly irregularly, then she needs to examine what is inhibiting ovulation in any given month. Getting all uptight when her period hasn’t arrived by calendar reckoning is of absolutely no value, since her period is delayed because her ovulation was delayed. But because women are typically not watching for ovulation, they miss that whole phase of observation, interpretation or understanding and hence they are unable to do anything about it at the time.
•  Women who experience longer cycles are typically more sedentary than their body type requires and their life force is sluggish or blocked to some degree in the lower body. Many “long cyclers” I have known and taught over the years have heavy lower body karma, meaning they are born with a tendency towards largish bums and thickish legs – what is commonly known as “pear-shaped”. They are more likely to be over-eaters and constipated. Their body metabolism is on the slow side (hypothyroid), and as a result, their pituitary is under-stimulated causing excessive oestrogen, causing

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