Have you ever woken up from a dream in which you stood up from your chair and realized you left a period stain behind you? Or maybe one where you're in an awkward or tense situation in your dream, and you realize you've just gotten your period? Having your period in a dream can definitely freak you out, but it happens, and while you might think, “Well, it’s just a dream,” it's worth exploring some of the symbolism surrounding it.
Dr. LeslieBeth Wish, nationally recognized psychotherapist, relationship expert, and author of Training Your Love Intuition, exclusively tells Elite Daily that dreaming about menstruating “is unique to the situation of each person” and can either be a positive or negative experience.
One way to approach your own dream interpretation is to consider the underlying moods in your dream, as well as what the people, objects, and/or circumstances mean to you during your waking hours. These factors can really guide you along as you try to make a little sense of what’s happening in your dreams. In the case of dreaming about your period, consider what doing so might mean on a subconscious level. Is your period painful? Do you have PMS-induced mood swings that let up when that first red spot finally shows up in your underwear? Do you often think about your period in connection to fertility?
What does it mean to dream about menstrual blood?
According to Wish, dreaming about unexpectedly menstruating could symbolize stress, worry, or pent-up tension. “Your dream might be the result of your awareness of your hormone changes that accompany your period,” she says. “Similarly, dreaming about getting your period can also be a symbolic message that you are worried and anxious about something in your life. After all, even if your period is a welcomed occurrence … most women have varying degrees of physical discomfort and unwanted mood changes.”
Wish also offers a completely different alternative: “According to many of my clients, they regarded the incident as a sign that they felt adult, womanly, and positive toward their partner they were dating,” says Wish. “It was as though their dream appearance of their period said: ‘You are mature, all grown up, and ready to fall in love with this person.’”
If not that specifically, she adds that this type of dream could at least mean you’re ready to “take the next leap of the heart, and drop your defenses and fears.”
Interestingly, Wish says other women who were “taking the next step in their marriage” interpreted the appearance of their menstrual blood in a dream as “reassurance that they were fertile and [that] ‘all systems [were a] go’ to get pregnant.”
Sansan Fibri, founder and CEO of the only AI-powered dream interpretation app DreaMe, echoes Wish’s thoughts about period dreams relating to fertility. “It means we can conceive life, a baby,” Fibri exclusively tells Elite Daily.
However, she also believes that “blood pouring out of our body can symbolize to some of us an experience of being drained out of your own life source. … A connected way to look at our monthly bleeding is more archaic and deeply connected to the collective female unconscious, to a particular type of suffering or pain that we are ‘destined’ to endure, yet this suffering brings life and joy.”
Fibri says to ask yourself, “What emotions does this dream bring up? What deep or monumental shift might be happening in your waking life as you dream of having your period?” After all, “A period is a cycle, so this could refer to closing one cycle in your life and/or starting another. Whatever it is, know this is transitional, not finite.”
So, if you continue bleeding in your dream life, take a moment to consider what this might mean to you. It could be just a dream, or it could lead you to more emotional or physical insight. Either way, there's no need to freak out about it. It's simply another opportunity to learn more about yourself.
Additional reporting by Kaitlin Cubria.
Dr. LeslieBeth Wish, psychotherapist, relationship expert, and author of Training Your Love Intuition
Sansan Fibri, founder and CEO of AI-powered dream interpretation app DreaMe
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