'Ovulating' & 'Menstruating' Womb Sculpture Set
These hand crafted, one-of-a-kind polymer clay
uterus sculptures are excellent tools for
about their uterus, and helping women to 'connect' to their own.
They are based on a unique
combination of medical data and illustrations, cadaver
over a decade of clinical manual palpation of living wombs, and
traditional folk healing.
function as a set, they are user-friendly and will
give your clients/students an instant understanding
of the impact
of uterine alignment and upper range of monthly cyclical womb weight
Deluxe Gift Set includes an 8
menstruating uterus, 4 oz non-menstruating
use. For more info on sources, please see FAQ below..
Wombs for WisdomTM : 'Menopause' Womb
A great addition to your bag of wombs, and for menopausal women
specifically to connect to their own womb, or post hysterectomy womb
next to the
ovulating and mensing set of wombs they show a full arc of life stages
womb's waking to her resting. Zesty
in this model are symbolic of this
being a time in a woman's life where she is typically freed up in her
persue her own passions,
growth, and interests.
While medical data on the sizes and shapes of menopausal wombs varies
individually based on how many years out from from having menses cease
and health history factors, I based this sculpture on averages listed
from an ultrasound study, medical illustrations, cadaver viewing, as
manual palpation experience and folk healing wisdom. This womb
sculpture is smaller and thinner than the other two, and weighs 3
ounces as an
intuitive estimation of the hormonal effects on tissue shrinkage.
Comes with a cotton storage pouch with card of
womb facts. May be comfortably stored with other wombs in the
of the Deluxe set.
availability! Womb models are made several times a year.
Contact me today to be in the next batch.
Over the years
these little beauties have raised some eyebrows. Below are the
best responses I currently have to these questions. Enjoy!
- What is the
point of these sculptures?
There are two purposes:
1) First and foremost, these are pieces of art, some of the best
teaching tools available for women to 'connect'
to their uterus.
It has been interesting for me to see women interact with them over the
years. Sometimes it's a simple 'Aha!' or ''Oh, that's why."
A light turns on. A dot is
connected. Other times it's profound emotion.
However they respond, it opens the door to self understanding,
validation, empowerment and connection between a woman and her womb.
It opens the door for personal healing.
With so many women in our culture
experiencing suffering with the
womb, it is good to have a user friendly way to interface with the
2) Second purpose: To show a standard
nulliparious midcycle adult
womb ('ovulation' sculpture), and also show the
upper weight womb change possible between non-mensing and mensing
during month ('mensing' sculpture).
Why is weight change important to understand? Because *where* the
uterus is in the pelvis makes a difference in your health,
especially when it's much heavier and bigger. For more
information on this, please research the work of Dr. Rosita Arvigo, DN.
- Why the 'woo woo' with your
models? Why not just have them be 'only' scientific data based?
The simple answer?
There's already standard medical models out there.
And, because science is not yet caught up to some of the wisdom that
traditional healers have passed down for generations/centuries through
oral tradition, through understanding what worked even if one didn't
understand why, we need more than
just strictly medical models
bring all this wisdom together. We
need a model with one foot in
both worlds. These are they.
That's not an insult to science! It's an invitation to both
traditions to learn from each other.
These sculptures are inspired by the teachings of healers who hold the
knowledge of traditional folk healing techniques for the womb,
and who are adept at feeling changes in the organ through
palpation. They are also inspired by medical data.
As women learn more about this sacred
organ, they may find that the
information they learn through traditional healers,
or are able to gain
through their own intuition and
life experience, is sometimes not
validated by the modern western
medical model of measurable information.
(And you know what? That's ok, because none of us is *only* a
measurable body. We are multidimensional. And we are talking about
multidimensional organ there is! After all, where else does
lifeforce, soul, and body mesh together mysteriously to make new life?
It is our
birthright to sense into this mystery. That is so
woo woo it's wonderful!)
Rather than put Western Medical and
Folk Healing information in competition with each other, I
encourage women to see
a bigger picture: there is room for both traditions of
information. They both have something to offer a woman seeking
womb and life experience.
Diverse perspectives are valuable. They represent different angles of
Perhaps these sculptures can help
open this dialogue between traditions further, with mutual curiosity
- What is the data
you base your 'menstruating' womb model on?
The 'ovulating' sculpture has dimensions and shape which is easily
in a variety of sources including the afore mentioned medical
texts, medical illustrations from Netters and Clemente, as well as
cadaver observation. Also, it has been my experience that this data has
consistent with the midcycling wombs I've palpated in over a decade of
doing maya abdominal massage for women.
The menstruating sculpture weight is
based on numbers I learned in maya
abdominal massage training (which taught Central American
folk traditions of womb care and wisdom combined with science from
From this I learned that wombs become heavier during the month, peaking
before and on the first day or two of an actual
This is why some cultures have traditions around this time of the month
to protect the uterus... such as not lifting heaving things, or
walking barefoot or sitting on cold surfaces to reduce risk of having
the womb drop low, which can harm fertility, cause pain in sex,
and give menstrual cramps as well as bladder leakage and constipation!
This information has been validated in the many women I've
served over the years, hearing their stories and listening to the way
they describe their wombs on their menses. (I've even had clients who
travelled internationally come back and tell me of experiences with
elders in those far off communities who shared similar
'common sense' folk wisdom!)
The mensing womb size comes
from three sources: first,
traditional folk healing information on a womb being enlarged/engorged
just before and
during menses; second, clinical palpation of living wombs right before
onset/first day of menses, which in my experience is consistent
the folk healing information... (I observe it palpates quite obviously
and spongier when it's actually mensing and not having a
bleed' from birth control pills... and many times typically feels close
actual size of this model, give or take a little); and third, it's
size to weight ratio of the 'ovulating' clay sculpture for which we
technical science data. Given these three factors, the 'mensing'
adequate to me to demonstrate the folk wisdom weight changes that these
sculptures were intended to teach.
shape is based on medical
illustrations, cadaver study,
and palpation as well.
Keep in mind that anytime
we combine oral tradition folk wisdom (that didn't have
ultrasounds to 'prove it'), with
modern scientific research, we
be willing to make room for more than one paradigm to understand the
what is before us.
These sculptures are art, but they sit at the
crossroads of science and folk healing ways. That's not an inadequacy,
that's a gift!
Over the years I've found a shortage of
sonogram/ultrasound/surgical research showing the data of menstruating
Not suprising, as in-depth medical research on the complexity of
bodies is just starting to happen. (Most of the data we have on bodies
comes from advanced and detailed studies of male anatomy!)
It would be lovely if these sculptures sparked someone to do a study
about 'size' of mensing wombs, with different factors of
multiparous, with adenomyosis/endometriosis, and while on the birth
control pill breakthrough bleeding.
If these models spark research? That would be awesome!
Such a good question. Allow me to answer at length.
Every woman's womb is variable in
size, shape and weight based on several things:
- stage in womb
life (pre-pubescent? ovulating? menstruating? menopausal?)
inflammation, disease such as endometriosis, etc. or not?),
- whether or not (and how many) children she has
- is it 'normal' shaped fundus or bicornate? two cervixes or one?
(these are actual variations that happen)
- (and what about racial variation? In male genitalia, there's evidence
of subtle racial variances, why wouldn't the wombs designed to mate
also reflect subtle variances?)
For example, here is one such study that speaks to the differences in
womb sizes and health and stages of life:
With so many variations, how does one go about making an
anatomically 'correct' model that represents ALL wombs everywhere
women? Is it even possible? Can we see 'one' model and assume
Humbly, no, not in my opinion.
My solution to this problem (and it is by no means the only one or best
one) is to create an art sculpture that teaches the concepts I wanted
illustrate, but also gives an approximate medical reference point...
As a result these models are an 'archetype' sculpture of the womb for a
womb development, knowing with
that each woman will have her
own story and history to project onto it. That's important,
because we understand better
what we can connect with.
There is room for both commercially made mass produced medical womb
well as hand made womb sculptures.
Each is valuable and has something to offer. Each shows a different
angle of the big picture.
I encourage you to own different styles of models in your collection to
benefit from the diversity of understanding available.
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have to tell you that when I held the two in my hands I felt
this deep stirring inside of my own body - a connection with
something that "was" sacred, but now
is past and will no longer swell within me (I am post
menopausal). Yet still my body was stirred and I could "feel" the blood
and bloating within.
hands that is for others." - B.
P., teen and adult women sexuality and health educator
my body. It made me reassess how I treated it,
how I behaved while on my period and the lack of genuine understanding
I had with it. Of course, I'd seen plenty of pictures, and read a
plethora of academic
articles, listened to lectures, stories, etc., but nothing compared to
the real impact of holding them in my hands." - pelvic floor yoga
beautiful models arrived this morning!! I am thrilled - these
models make the womb real - will be such an asset to teaching... can't
wait to share
this coming weeked and my Self Care Class. I wish I had
these models when I was a practicing midwife to help women understand
Connie C., Certified Nurse Midwife, LM
Certified Fertility Awareness
and wondered over and loved so much
already by my
friends and colleagues and will have their first
presentation to the 10-12 yr olds next month during the 2 workshops
around menarche that I will be running.
So exciting!!" K.C-M.,
already as a way to draw
clients in for a possible visit.
legs hurt when her uterus
are Simply the Best!! -
Trish D., maya massage practitioner and educator
using my models with my clients and it is great seeing the lights come
on when they realize why they need to take
special care of their wombs when
they are heavier. They also work great
with my life-size pelvic model. Thank you so
much for this
- Terra R.
Registered Midwife, Ayurvedic and maya massage practitioner
size and shape are wonderful for helping
patients visualize actual
uterine size.” - Dr. Terri T. OB-GYN