The moon correlates to the 3 phases of a woman’s life

 

(1) The New Moon: Menarche {a girls first period}, menstruation

(2) The Full Moon:  Motherhood, ovulation,pregnancy, birth and nursing

(3) The Dark Moon: menopause, old age, wisdom

On a monthly scale: The Full Moon correlating with ovulation, and the Dark Moon correlating with menstruation.  In  native cultures the full moon is said to be the best time for singing, dancing, and making babies!  The dark moon a time for rest, healing, letting go (physically with the bleeding and also psychologically releasing unwanted baggage).

Mother Earth is a feminine planet.  She gives to us continuously and unconditionally, like a mother does to her children.   Women are feminine beings, and nature is a reflection of our true selves…Beautiful, round, seasonal, dark, light, joyful and powerful.   When a woman enters adulthood, she is preparing for the many lessons it brings: responsibility, motherhood, balance and having to look within, to our darkness….to accept this; change when necessary and love endlessly.

Modern society drags us away from our true nature.  We are bombarded with a very masculine image of the world, and we can sometimes become more masculine in our ways than feminine, disturbing the balance.  This is when the dark moon Goddess within kicks up a stink, because we are still running around during our menstruation, or just after giving birth or during times when we would be better off meditating in the midst of Winter…

When we truly listen to the voice of wisdom within, we tune into nature, the moon cycles and theessence of woman.

Women wax and wane like the moon.   During a full moon (traditionally a time of ovulation) we may be more outward, joyful, sexual, vibrant.   During a dark moon we may be menstruating, feeling inward, less active and needing to be alone.   Native cultures recognized a woman’s connection with the moon phases and honored this by allowing woman to retreat for 4 days during their bleeding.   Women were honored, revered for their heightened intuition, visioning and dreaming skills during menstruation….what happened?  Where have we lost this deep connection?…..in short: Patriarchy, but I will not demonize the ways of the world.  Just recognize them as part of the journey we are on, and part of the awakening that is happening right now on a global scale….Many woman are now feeling the stirring in their bellies….the dark moon Goddess awakens to help us remember; Who we are, Why we are here and What’s it all about….

 

http://www.moonandearthconnections.com/moonwomanmenstruation.htm

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The Epidemic of Obstetric Fistula

In many countries of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, hundreds of thousands of women live with a medical nightmare that most women in industrialized nations cannot even begin to fathom. For many of the women

who live with an obstetric fistula, the days are filled with solitude, humiliation, and severe psychological distress. A fistula is a hole in an epithelial-lined organ that often causes two internal organs to form a connection that is not normally present. In obstetric fistulas, a hole in the vaginal wall can lead to leaking from either the bladder or the rectum. These types of fistulas are most commonly caused by lack of obstetric care during or after delayed or severe childbirth, but can also be caused by sexual trauma as a result of rape.

Women with obstetric fistulas are forced to live with incontinence and sometimes, the inability to control their own bowels. In women with a vesicovaginal fistula, or a tear between the vaginal wall and the bladder, urine may run constantly from the vaginal opening. In those with a rectovaginal fistula, the same can occur with feces. In countries like the United States, the occurrence of obstetric fistula has been dramatically reduced due to increases in technology and greater access to medical care. In industrialized nations, the incidence of obstetric fistula is nearly non-existent.

However, in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, as well as countries like Afghanistan and Vietnam, there are hundreds of thousands of women that not only have to live with the devastating reality of an obstetric fistula, but who do so for years because of a lack of access to medical treatment. The largest reported incidence of obstetric fistula is in war-torn nations where a lack of obstetric care is compounded by the fact that rape against women is used as a militaristic tool. In Kenya, Ethiopia, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, obstetric fistula has become far too common for the female population.

The World Health Organization estimates that as many as two million women in African, Asian, and Arab regions are living with obstetric fistula, and an additional 50,000 to 100,000 cases develop

each year. According to the Women’s Health Coalition, a woman dies every 90 seconds from childbirth-related complications, and 95 percent of those women are in Africa and Asia. The United Nations Populations Fund reports that only about 6,500 surgeries to correct obstetric fistula are done in these regions per year, largely due to a lack of financial resources and surgeons capable of performing the surgery.

Read more at: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/6122828/world_health_crisis_the_epidemic_of_pg2.html?cat=5

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Wow!!!The DivaCup lol

The DivaCup offers women convenience and peace of mind. Worn internally, it is positioned low in the vagina for a secure fit and easy removal. Designed to hold up to one full ounce, one can swim, run, backpack, travel and even wear it overnight without ever worrying about leaks.

The DivaCup
comes in two models: 1, for women under 30 and women who have not given birth; and 2, for women over 30 or women who have given birth. The Model 1 cup is 1 11/16″ (~4.3 cm) in diameter and the Model 2 cup is 1 13/16″ (~4.6 cm) in diameter. This is the model 1 cup. It is important to use the right cup size to prevent leakage.

    No More Hassle: Eliminates the need to spend time searching for a bathroom, hiding tampons or pads in pockets, or constantly worrying about leakage and unpleasant odors. It also works for light as well as heavy days, and there is no more guessing as to which kind of products to use on certain days or nights.Convenient: With nothing extra to buy and nothing to throw away, it is convenient and worry-free.

    Easy-To-Use: The most convenient way to deal with menstruation. It only requires emptying 2 to 4 times a day, depending on flow, and can be worn for an entire cycle up to 12 hours at a time, even overnight.

    Design: The innovative design features easy-grip ridges, convenient flow measurements, and a soft, flexible stem for comfort and easy removal. Designed to hold one full ounce (30 ml), it is capable of accommodating even the heaviest flows (an entire average cycle is 3 to 4 ounces or 90 to 120 ml).

    Toxic Shock Syndrome: The serious and sometimes fatal Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is caused by toxin-producing strains of the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium and has been linked to the use of conventional, rayon-based tampons. The DivaCup is non-absorbent and and does not disturb the natural moisture level in the vagina. An increased risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is not associated with the use of menstrual cups.*

    Eco-Friendly: In 1998, 7 billion tampons and 12 billion sanitary pads and their packaging were disposed into landfills and sewage systems in the U.S. alone. With landfill and pollution problems on the rise, The DivaCup is committed to reducing the serious eco-footprint of feminine hygiene

    .http://organicpharmacy.org/products/The.DivaCup.-.Model.1

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