Have you noticed dark blood at the beginning or the end of your menstrual cycle?
Dark blood at the beginning of your cycle tends to be leftover blood from the previous menstrual cycle.
Dark blood at the end of your menstrual cycle tends to be leftover blood from many moons before.
What is the ideal color of your menstrual blood?
Ideally we want bright red blood from beginning to end. AND in the journey of unravelling our blood shame, let us look at this dark blood as a sign that something is out of balance, that our wombs are trying to give us information that we can lovingly respond to.
Why is it that our wombs have this leftover blood to release from past cycles? Our blood stagnates when the uterus is out of its ideal position. “When the uterus is out of alignment, so is she,” said Don Elijio, my teacher’s teacher. (I honor that not all wombkeepers are “she”, this quote emerged many years ago).
Gravity supports the blood to move out each month and if the womb. If the womb is out of alignment, gravity is impeded. And the blood stagnates, sometimes from one cycle to the next, and sometimes builds up for many cycles in a row.
Cramps, as unpleasant as they are, are often a response to this stagnant blood. The muscle wall of the uterus working extra hard to create homeostasis and release this sacred blood.
Knowledge is power.
Knowledge is power. As we understand more and more about what is happening in our wombs, it becomes more clear how to support their health and wellness.