Marie Claire published a total bullsh*t article today on how the solar eclipse probably messed with your menstrual cycle.
The doctors they reached out to did not feel they could offer an opinion. Undaunted Marie Claire asked some women who felt they had more PMS (personal experience is not science), an “integrative nutrition specialist,” and an astrologer.
So many sighs, so little time.
The integrative nutritional specialist (what ever that might be), Allison Walton, refers to herself on her website as a “women’s health specialist” although I can’t find her education background on her GOOP inspired website. She states she is a yoga instructor and had a personal journey but I have no idea if she has any kind of medical or nutrition training. Ms. Walton told Marie Claire:
“Traditionally, the new moon is associated with menstruation, when a woman’s body is shedding, releasing, and bleeding. Known as the White Moon Cycle, it’s a time to deeply nurture and honor the body, allowing plenty of space to restore.”
I mean maybe in Westeros but, yeah. No.
Once we were illuminated by the wild science of “integrative nutrition” Marie Claire moved on to the astrologer who said, “According to the metaphysical tradition, the new moon cycle, which is what the solar eclipse is, is the perfect time for the woman to begin menstruation. Women are going to feel the urge to clean house—that’s what the hormones are doing. It’s a total release.”
Metaphysical tradition? As in made up new age marketing? And this makes women want to clean house? I mean out with the old blood so I guess out with the trash too? All this supposed metaphysical lunar energy goddess harnessing is for sweeping the f*cking floor?
So much WTF here. So much.
If the new moon were associated with menstruation then all women all over the world would be menstruating at the same time. Have none of these people ever considered that? Maybe that happens in the Mists of Avalon but it doesn’t happen on Earth.
The people at Clue, the menstrual tracker app, actually looked at this supposed phenomenon of lunar induced menstruation. I guess Marie Claire could have Googled that too, but hey, better to give women mysticism and astrology right? Clue reported looking at 7.5 million cycles and found “no correlation between lunar phases and the menstrual cycle or period start date.” While not peer-reviewed I have no reason to doubt them as biased towards Big Menstruation.
Scientists have also looked at menstrual cycles in space and they appear largely unaffected. Many astronauts choose menstrual suppression for convenience but periods happen in space pretty much like on earth. Obviously if there were some weird lunar gravitational effect you would see crazy haywire menses in space.
If the moon affected menstruation then women living north of the Arctic circle would have one hell of a winter but they menstruate pretty much like everyone else.
Why might someone think that women have menstrual cycles that vary with the moon and the length of day? Not sure but perhaps they are confusing an estrous cycle (most animals) and seasonal breeding with a menstrual cycle (primates, a few bats, and the elephant shrew).
What is gained by having women believe myths about menstruation? Nothing, but so much is lost when mythology is used as a substitute for medicine. Facts matter and honestly there is no excuse for this kind of bullsh*t click bait.
Women menstruate due to a precise sequence of hormonal events and the moon and eclipses just aren’t part of it. Keeping women in the dark with false facts on menstruation is the opposite of empowermenet.
Do better Marie Claire. Really.
To everyone leaving comments below about how they disbelieve what I just wrote above PLEASE read it through again. Click the links. Then check out this article about how people have trouble changing their mind even when presented with hard data, just like I presented above for the lunar cycle-menses myth. Admittedly the article is about conspiracy theories, but there is a lot of cross over.
Also, the myth of women cycling together is, well, a myth. http://www.figo.org/news/period-syncing-myth-debunked-0015541
I am not sure I can stand to curate one more comment from someone who is “sure” I am being dismissive of an article that used an astrologer as a menstrual cycle expert so comments are now closed.