By Clodagh Meaney
To be honest with you, for someone who considers herself to be a pretty empowered woman, I'm pretty terrible at managing my period. I can go from one end of the month to the next without much knowledge of where I am in my cycle.
"When did I get my period last?" I ask my boyfriend at least once a month and really, I could do with keeping better track of things. I'll feel a twinge here or there and deduce if I think I'm ovulating and don't need to take any action or if I need to prepare my tampon supply to begin bleeding.
When I do begin to bleed, I suffer with dysmenorrhoea. The severity of the pain something I've grown accustomed to. I know which painkillers work, and when to add a hot water bottle to the mix, but still, I shouldn't feel obliged to suffer in silence with it.
If you're someone who menstruates, and like me you're in a disgusting amount of pain each month or if you could really do with learning to be more in-tune with your cycle, then we've found the online course for you.
While it cannot promise to eradicate your pain completely, this course can help you to manage your cycle and alleviate menstrual symptoms which in turn will help you to improve energy levels, mood and confidence.
Described as a "An 8-week online course to create self-care around the menstrual cycle to ease any physical suffering and create mental and emotional wellbeing in everyday lives," it's perfect for anyone who suffers with PMS and period pain.
Hosted by Menstrual Coach Lisa de Jong, she will guide learners to understand the ebb and flow of their menstrual cycle as they work with her to create their very own personalised self-care plan for that time of the month.
"As women with menstrual cycles, it means that our hormones change every day of the cycle impacting us physically, mentally and emotionally. Some days we can feel drained, anxious or in pain, while other days we can feel full of beans and joyful," Lisa said.
"This can create challenges for us personally, but also in relationships and how we show up at work. It can be difficult to always keep up to speed with the world and we end up pushing through our menstrual cycle, leaving us feeling drained or overwhelmed."
As part of the course, learners look at the menstrual cycle as a whole as opposed to what is happening solely during menstruation.
According to Lisa, looking holistically at the cycle and each phase can help you identify more clearly what to do, and where you most need support.
"We can prepare for our needs in advance and then get to know how to best take care of ourselves during each phase of the menstrual cycle," she said.
"It is not a woman’s lot to suffer. It is her birth right to feel good in her body and therefore safe to be fully herself in the world."
"The menstrual cycle no longer needs to be a burden or a non-event. Rather, it can be a something that supports our lives, an inner compass to optimal health and to our true vibrant selves."
Coming from de-habilitating period pain herself, Lisa's mission is to teach people how to live in sync with their menstrual cycle for physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.
As part of the course, some of the things you will study include: Creativity & Spirituality, Diet and the Endocrine System as well as Health for Happy Hormones.
If you'd like to take part or learn more about the course you can visit Your Cycle Matters.