Quiz Result: Your period says "I'm fine thanks!"
Sounds like you periods are easy! You probably have menstruating friends who envy you and don’t want to hear how good you have it.
Even though your period seems fine, I’ve sent you my Period First Aid Kit anyway so you can try out my simple posture adjustment steps to restore natural pelvic alignment.
If you marked any of the symptoms listed in the question about pain in the low back, hips, butt or pain with your ovulation, the steps in the kit will be especially helpful for you. You can even use them to prevent any period symptoms developing in future.
If you’d like to know why period symptoms and pelvic imbalance are linked, here’s some background info (if not, skip ahead!):
Your uterus (womb) and ovaries are held in place in your pelvis by a group of ligaments (like bands of elastic) that are attached to the walls of your pelvis, including your pelvic bones – your sacrum (the big bone at the base of your spine, above your tailbone), your hip bones and your pubic bone (below your belly).
These bones can get pulled out of balance by lots of things – like falling out of a tree when you were little, or having a car accident, or from uneven posture habits (like sitting with one leg tucked under your butt). It can even be caused by stress or trauma.
If the pelvis is unbalanced for a long time, it creates tension around your uterus and ovaries and can disrupt their normal functioning – including hormone production, ovulation, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.
This often results in the pain, irregularity, PMS/PMDD, PCOS, hormone issues and other symptoms many people experience with their menstrual cycles, as well as fertility issues, pelvic pain during and after pregnancy, peri- and menopause symptoms.
There’s a simple test anyone can easily do to determine whether they have a possible pelvic imbalance that might be causing their symptoms.
In case you’d like to try it, here it is:
Pelvic Balance Self-Assessment
1. Place your palms flat on the front of your hip bones (the two bony bumps at either side of your belly, like headlights on a car).
2. Place your fingers diagonally along the groin line pointing towards your pubic area. The groin lines are where your pants crease is at the top of each leg.
3. The tips of your middle fingers will be resting roughly on the outside edges of your pubic bone, which is the bone at the front and centre of your pubic area, around the start of your pubic hair.
4. Press your fingers gently but firmly around this bone from the edges in your groin and along the top of the bone towards the centre of your body. You may notice soreness, tenderness or a sharper pain anywhere along the bone that may feel like you have a bruise there.
If you do have any soreness here, it’s a sign that you may have tension patterns that are pulling your hip bones (aka your pelvis) out of alignment and causing your menstrual symptoms.
This is not a life sentence, it’s a key to the possible solution.
Because there’s a WHOLE lot you can do to restore your pelvic alignment.
I’m Janine McCarthy, Advanced Practitioner & Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy, registered with Ortho-Bionomy Australia.
I used to suffer debilitating period pain, out-of-control moods & ovulation pain every month (along with pain in the low back and hips) from my early teens to my early 30s. Then I discovered Ortho-Bionomy and learned how to restore my pelvic alignment so that my symptoms virtually disappeared.
Ortho-Bionomy is a body therapy based on Osteopathy and designed to harness the body’s ability to self-correct. It offers lasting relief for chronic tension, pain and stress using gentle, supportive positioning and subtle movements that engage with the body’s self-healing intelligence.
I was so impressed with this approach that I became an Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner to help others take control of their period symptoms too.
In my 20+ years of practice I’ve seen many people get their life back by using these gentle body alignment techniques. They’re simple, safe and easy to learn.
What to do next:
1. Here’s the quiz link so you can share it with a friend in need! Everyone deserves to feel good before, during and after they’re menstruating, so it’s my mission to get this information in front of everyone who needs it.
2. Remember to check your inbox for your free Period First Aid Kit and try the simple adjustments for pelvic alignment (check your spam folder if you don’t see it).
Image credits from top of page: Autumn Goodman Unsplash; billie Unsplash; Alora Griffiths Unsplash; Janine McCarthy