Free Lunar Ovulation Calendar for 2013
The word “menstruation” is etymologically related to “moon”. The terms “menstruation” and “menses” are derived from the Latin mensis (month), which in turn relates to the Greek mene (moon) and to the roots of the English words month and moon.
Some authors believe that, historically, women in traditional societies without nightlighting ovulated with the full moon and menstruated with the new moon. My cycle is quite regular and follows the 28-30 days pattern so for me being aware of the phases of the moon helps to remember where my hormonal cycle is at.
I have started to use a lunar calendar to track my hormonal cycle alongside with the phases of the moon last year, but as 2012 ended, my previous calendar ended, too. I did not find many free resources, so I made my own and wanted to share it with everyone interested and doing the same. To save and print, click on the image below and it will start downloading the pdf file. I made a couple of them in various sizes, I will upload the small one, it’s like a business card so it fits every wallet or purse. If you need a big one (letter size), send me a message or email.
What is a Lunar Calendar good for?
First, it helps you to stay organized and remember important dates of your menstrual cycle in case of planned or unplanned pregnancy. It may help you to see any irregularities and if you add some notes regarding mood changes, physical changes (water retention, abdominal cramping, heavy flow etc) you may see a steady pattern month to month. If there is no pattern, that may help your doctor too, to identify issues.