You may have heard a thing or two about how the moon can affect your period. Before technology and the surge of period tracking apps like Flo and Clue, women relied on the lunar cycle to predict their own menstrual cycles. In fact, the average menstrual cycle runs 28 to 29 days, similar to the length of the 29.5-day lunar phase from new moon to new moon. And while scientific evidence correlating the two may be inconclusive, we can’t deny the deep, sometimes supernatural connection many women feel with the moon, especially during that time of month. Even the actual word ‘menstruation’ derives from the Latin word ‘mensis’, or ‘month’, and relates to the Greek word ‘mene’, which means ‘moon’ (source).
Even the actual word ‘menstruation’ derives from the Latin word ‘mensis’, or ‘month’, and relates to the Greek word ‘mene’, which means ‘moon’.
Breaking It Down
While there are eight complete moon phases, the new moon and full moon round out the cycle and each come with its own menstrual synchronization, called the White Moon Cycle and the Red Moon Cycle, respectively. According to Flo Living, “The new moon is traditionally associated with menstruation and if you find you get your period with the new moon this is known as a White Moon Cycle. The full moon is traditionally associated with ovulation, but some women do get their period on the full moon and this is called a Red Moon Cycle.”
Because both moons are said to distinct affect mind, body and spirit, you may also experience your period in cycle-specific ways depending on timing.
The new moon, for one, has long been signified as a point for new beginnings and a sense of renewal, and rightly so. This marks the time in which the moon literally begins again—when the sun and moon are in conjunction and the moon appears darker, almost invisible, from Earth. Experiencing your period during the new moon (White Moon Cycle) is far from different. You may feel more intuitive and self-aware during the new moon, and when Aunt Flo’s in town, it’s not uncommon to want to spend some quality alone time.
The full moon, on the other hand, occurs when the sun and moon are on the opposite sides of the Earth. It shines bright like a diamond, signifying a time for harvest, growth and vitality. At the same time, and for those with Red Moon Cycles, emotions and behaviors may seem heightened and more intense, especially when PMS comes knocking.
As long as you’re having a healthy cycle that is consistent for you–this is what matters.
Is Moon Synchronization Important?
While having White or Red Moon Cycles can seem enticing, it is important to remember that synchronization isn’t completely necessary. Flo Living says it best: “As long as you’re having a healthy cycle that is consistent for you–this is what matters. That means that your cycles are regular and last a similar amount of days each time.”
We couldn’t agree more.