<<female period>>

Females should understand this monthly occurrence, that begins at puberty and lasts until menopause (except when pregnant), is part of God’s unique design for their life; it is a symbol of their womanhood with the likelihood of being able to conceive and have children. This approach is more positive than focusing on the physical and emotional factors that can be exaggerated and compounded by suggestion or resenting the inconvenience of each period. As much as possible pace yourself and plan for this time when you may be below par. The wife should confide in her husband why she might be behaving erratically or why she doesn’t seem able to cope with her emotions running high. Husbands are to love their wives, support and cherish them with patience, and all the more when they are aware of the reason (Eph 5:25).

The OT ceremonial laws prohibited sex during the period as blood was considered sacred in the sacrificial system (Lev 15:19-30, 17:11, 20:18; Ezek 18:6). Today we are not under the OT ceremonial law and there is no sacrificial system as Jesus’ blood paid the penalty for sin once and for all (Rom 10:4; Gal 3:24-26; Eph 2:15). Husbands should be extra considerate towards their wives during this time when their moods can swing easily and they seldom have any sexual desire. Love is tolerant and in a spirit of mutual consent a couple are free to decide the level of sexual interaction during this time (1 Cor 7:5).

Like puberty, menopause (the ceasing of female periods) is a transition, a biological change and although it can be trying, it too will have an end. While change is always a challenge, rather than indulging in self-pity see this is another opportunity to develop and outwork godly character. The Christian woman can receive wisdom and comfort from God’s Word to help her and her family to get through it. Claim the promises, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need…I will never leave you or forsake you” enabling you to get through whatever life throws at you (2 Cor 12:9; Heb 4:16, 13:5).

See also: hormones, menopause, moods, puberty.