Sincerely, when I first came across the concept, lunaception, I simply thought it was just another hocus pocus that the oyinbos have come up with, and even went as far as concluding that they were trying to accrue to the moon, powers that it doesn’t necessarily have, at the expense of the creator of the moon. See the way I tied faith to the issues? LOL!
There have been all sorts of stories about how the moon affects a woman’s cycle; the still unconfirmed reports that more women give birth during the full moon and how one can actually boost the chances of conception courtesy of the moon. It seems too much for one source of light to be responsible for…or so I thought at that time.
However, I still had at the back of my mind Vitamin D is one supplement we get from another source of light, the sun, which is known to aid conception and also help to relieve pain during childbirth. All this knowledge I had helped me to keep an open mind, where the issue of lunaconception was concerned.
Thank God I did, as I soon stumbled upon an online forum, where women shared their experiences with lunaception. I kept reading the women’s experiences, and I was intrigued. The more I read, the more I wanted to know more. And I longed to have a personal experience with one of the women who had used this method, preferably someone closer to home.
Just as I wished, I found Farida, a mom of two, who eagerly shared her experience, all the while cajoling me into trying it, and of course, I will.
Interestingly, Farida got to know about Lunaception from a book, where all the women in a rural community menstruated at the same time. Nothing new there, as there’s a theory that women who live close to each other, or are related, may menstruate at the same time. However, the truth of the matter, according to the author of the book, was that the women’s cycle was synced with the moon.
Remember, these were women who lived as close to nature as much as could be possible. They had no modern technologies, and thus, their reproductive systems were intricately linked with the activities of nature around them; the moon being one of it.
According to Farida, these women’s cycle mimicked the cycle of the moon, meaning they ovulated when the moon was at its fullest, and menstruated just as it waned, and the cycle continued.
Personally for Farida, one of the reasons lunaception interested her was because of the possibility of conceiving a baby (and that is more than enough reason), the other being that she wanted to have a fairly predictable cycle, something that was alien to her.
After doing plenty of research on the matter, she took the plunge. She got her black out curtains, and the things she needed to measure her basal body temperature (BBT); small thermometer, some sheets of paper, and a pencil, which she kept in her bedside table.
I’m sure by now, you’re wondering what is lunaception itself? Farida provides a very basic explanation we can all understand.
Lunaception is essentially the practice of balancing hormones by controlling the amount of light that comes into one’s bedroom at night.
It has been proven that our bodies do a lot of work while we sleep; hormone production is one of them, and light in the room signals certain ones to be released. When the right ones are released, the body works at optimal levels and the chances of conception are increased.
With this knowledge, Farida set about aligning her cycle with the moon on the first day of her next cycle. She slept in total darkness for the next fourteen days and charted faithfully, while keeping an eye on her EWCM, as well as introducing the joys of ovulation predictor kit.
She let in some light from CD 15 to 17, and then as she had heard and read, the signs started to show, about her CD13. It looked like she was going to be ovulating in a matter of days. That in itself was a miracle, as she had always ovulated later, sometimes CD19 or even CD20, she guessed her new challenge was doing the trick and indeed, it was.
Afterwards, she resumed sleeping in total darkness and for the first time in six months, she had a cycle that ended on CD 28. It was also the start of a new cycle for the moon.
Farida continued the trend for the next five months. Her period was regular and by the sixth month, she spontaneously got pregnant. In less than a year, she had gotten two things that were important to her, a regular cycle and a pregnancy.
From that point on, she was a convert. She shared the details with her sisters, and actually two of them have tried it with results.
Apart from Farida, quite a lot of other women have tried lunaception, a word first created by Louise Lacey, the author of Lunaception: A Feminine Odyssey Into Fertility and Contraception, which was published in the 1970s.
However, these are still claims which are unsubstantiated by science.
Like the fact that fire had been in existence for a long time, meaning, even rural communities never actually slept in total darkness, as lunaception assumes. But then, they didn’t have to deal with artificial lights and street lights, like we do now.
Whatever be the case, there have been many testimonies of lunaception helping people to conceive since the 1970s, and honestly, there is no harm in trying it. Even if a baby doesn’t come of trying it, having a regular cycle is worth it.
So, what do you think?
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