Raising Our Fertility Consciousness
by shaUna Owlsong
As women we are blessed with a womb that is in constant conversation
with the moon. Like the ocean tides, our wombs are pulled
by the waxing and the waning of the moons lunar energy. Before
electricity women bled on the dark of the moon and ovulated
around the full moon. Now that there is electricity and thus
more light, our cycles have shifted so that a woman is bleeding
every moment of every day.
Wow! It is time to tune into our own body and our own cycle
so that we may know when we bleed and when we ovulate. It
is a step toward taking charge of our own fertility.
There are many ways to connect with our menstrual cycles
and fertility. I find that there is a lot of value in charting
my cycle daily. I chart my basal body temperature, cervical
secretions, and cervical position. I also chart when I have
had intercourse, the phase of the moon, emotions, breast tenderness,
etc. By charting these three fertility signs and additional
information I am aware of my fertile times and un-fertile
body temperature: Take your temperature with a basal
body thermometer every morning at the same time and before
you get up or eat and drink anything. You will begin to notice
a pattern after a few months of charting. You may notice that
your basal body temperature is around 97 -97.5 before ovulation,
and rises to about 97.6 to 98.6 after ovulation. After a few
months of charting you will be able to use this sign in conjunction
with other fertility signs to help determine your fertile
secretions: The best time to check your cervical
secretions is after you have peed and done some pelvic floor
exercises. Be sure your hands are washed and using your fingers
check the secretions at the opening of your yoni. Without
looking notice the consistency and then look and take note
if it is blood (menstruation), dry (dampness that evaporates
quickly), sticky, creamy, eggwhite (stretchy). It is the stretchy
secretion that indicates ovulation. Check multiple times a
day and chart your results in the evening.
position (height, softness, opening, and wetness):
Wash your hands, get down into a squatting position and insert
your index finger into your yoni and locate your cervix. Check
where your cervix is…is it near the opening or pushed
back far so it is hard to reach? Is it open or closed? Is
it firm or soft? An ovulating cervix sits high, is open and
After charting for a few months you will notice a pattern.
Now you can begin to use your data in order to avoid pregnancy
(or to call in pregnancy, as the case may be). Be aware that
sperm can survive for up to 5 days in cervical fluid. To avoid
pregnancy be sure to use a dependable birth control method
Here’s the twist. Women are now spontaneously ovulating
at different times in their cycle. Even though you are charting
and avoiding unprotected intercourse during your fertile time,
you can still become pregnant. Take appropriate precautions.
Use herbal birth control. Use a barrier method. Stay tuned
into your body. Listen and trust.
Womb meditation (to be practiced daily,
Sitting cross legged, bringing your attention to your womb.
Sink into your womb and be present. Breathe.
• Ask your womb where you are at in your fertility
cycle. Notice any colors, thoughts, visions, sounds, smells.
Trust what you experience.
• Continue to breathe and be in your womb, in your
center. Feel the connection with the moon. Breathe into this
connection, remaining open to emotions. Sounds are welcome.
• On an exhale extend a cord of energy (whatever color
feels best) from your womb, your second charka, deep down
into the earth’s core, rooting you.
• Send love and gratitude to the earth, to the moon,
and any other energies you feel drawn to at this time.
• Bring your focus back to your womb.
• Breathe here. Be here.
• Open your eyes.
There are many ways to be in tune with our fertility. Find
the way(s) that work best for you…and have fun doing
Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler
Contact your local midwife for more guidance,
or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
to set up a consultation.
shaUna Owlsong at the Wise Woman Center this summer!
on July 17th, 2004
of the Fertility Goddess on July 18th, 2004
For registrations, contact:
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Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year by Susun S.
HERBAL BIRTH CONTROL
by Susun S Weed
Herbs have been used to control fertility for as long as
there have been women who desired to do so. Our desire is
as great as ever, but our knowledge base is far from large
or strong. This workshop is both a sharing of what I know,
and an open ear to hear what you know. May we reweave the
healing cloak of the Ancients. Further discussions on herbal
birth control can be found in my book Wise Woman Herbal for
the Childbearing Year (Ash Tree Publishing, 1986) and in Contraception
and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance, John
M. Riddle (Harvard University Press, 1992)
Hot balls make no babies. If he sits in hot water for 20-30
minutes every night for at least a month, he will shoot duds
for the next 8-10 weeks. Don't laugh. This is effective and
• Reduce fat intake
• Increase exercise
• Bring down body weight
• Caution: A fertile woman who is too thin to ovulate
can lose as much bone mass in one month as she would in one
year post menopause.
• Consider: The many health benefits of birth control
• Basal body temperature
• Cervical mucus
Timing is Important
• Hormone cycles and herbal birth control
• Fertilization, implantation, early pregnancy, and
• Wild carrot seed (Daucus carota)
• Morning after birth control pills
• Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
• Rutin (good sources include buckwheat greens, elder
leaves, and rue)
• Smartweed (Polygonum hydropiper); drink infusion of
dried leaves freely.
• Poison hemlock (Conium maculatum)
• Rue (Ruta graveolens)
• Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
• Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)
• Pennyroyal (Hedeoma pulegioides); and a word about
essential oil dangers.
• Saffron (Crocus autumalis); one half gram daily for
four days; ten grams is fatal.
• Vitamin C; take 500mg as often as every 30 minutes,
up to 10 grams daily
Uterine Contractors (oxytocin)
• Birth root (Trillium pendulum); caution, do not use
• Blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)
• Cotton root bark (Gossypium)
• Dosages, cautions
WHAT ABOUT GINGER?
For YOU BOTH:
Sterility promoters include stoneseed root (Lithospermum ruderale),
Jack-in-the-pulpit root (Arisema triphyllum), and thistles
(Cnicus and Cirsium species). Green Blessings
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