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 Menstrual Blood 

Menstrual blood is not just blood. It is a mix of blood and tissue from the lining of the uterus which sheds each month when a woman does not become pregnant. The color of menstrual blood can range from bright red to dark brown. The amount of blood lost during menstruation varies from woman to woman but is usually between 30 and 80ml. Most women lose less than 16 teaspoons of blood (80ml) during their period with the average being around 6 to 8 teaspoons. A menstrual blood clot is a clot of blood that forms during menstruation. It is made up of red blood cells white blood cells, platelet fibrin, and plasma. The average menstrual blood clot is about the size of a penny. However, some women may experience larger clots which can be painful. Blood clots can also cause heavy bleeding and cramping. If you experience any of these symptoms you should see your doctor.

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Why Do Women Have A Menstrual Circle Blood?

The quick answer is that women have a menstrual cycle because they are not pregnant. The menstrual cycle is the natural way the body prepares for pregnancy. Each month the uterus lining gets thicker to prepare for a fertilized egg. If no egg is fertilized, the uterus sheds its lining, and a period, shedding of blood begins. The average length of a menstrual cycle is 28 days but it can range from 21 to 35 days.

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Menstrual Blood Is Not Impure!

I was wondering what prompted women before recently, to be scared and shy about their Menstrual blood. The bleeding, the pains, the uncomfortable feelings, the struggle not to get stained, the shyness around purchasing and handling sanitary towels /pads. How did we miss the memo that this is what makes us a woman! At this time each month, many women will deny, divorce, and are detached totally from their bodies with ‘I am dirty sentiments’  In fact, I am yet to hear any sermon on this topic from a female preacher in any religious gathering. It is treated as a taboo to openly talk about it except of course in a classroom. Both men and women alike shy away from anything related to Menstrual blood, from washing up menstrual blood in the sinks, buying tampons and pads, and sharing the same bed with partners. Women are even more squeamish about this than men maybe because of the orientation and myths we have on menstrual blood

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There are many spiritual and cultural beliefs around menstrual blood and its power. In some cultures, it is seen as a powerful and sacred substance while in others it is seen as dirty and impure. Some believe that menstrual blood has the power to heal while others believe that it can curse or harm. Menstrual blood is also seen as a symbol of fertility and life-force energy. In some cultures, menstrual blood is viewed both negatively and positively. There is a belief that it needs to be removed from one’s body so as not to be impure but there is also a belief that it is a powerful energy. I remember growing up we were told never to let anyone know of our circle period apparently, it’s a tool for witchery. Many religious houses forbid a woman in her Menstrual blood, Many traditionalists and those with some fetish concoctions also forbid a woman in her period because it nullifies their charms and potency. If a women’s menstrual blood can nullify any juju/muti/spells then I can safely say that a woman’s power through her menstrual blood has been repressed by propaganda and a poor view from the society. I mean if some of our celebrities are applying their menstrual blood for a smooth and ageless face, and scientists discovered numerous benefits and uses of menstrual blood, Tell me what makes menstrual blood impure!  

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