I woke up today with something very specific on my mind which is 1. Why am I still menstruating at 47 (A God question) 2. Why in over 200 years of western medicine, the medical society has not developed a birth control bill or patch for men (answer: PATRIARCHY) and 3. Does Elizabeth Warren have a plan for that.
I am not menstruating as I write/speak, I was just thinking about it. Maybe because from my bed I have a view of my master bathroom where the empty container of the healthy sanitary product L. sits (reminder to order https://thisisl.com).
Anywho, I have been struggling over the years to find some joy in my period. I, like so many women all over the world dread that time of the month. We are uncomfortable, our bodies hurt and we are experiencing a hormonal imbalance.
We are either walking around with a foreign object in our vagina’s or we are sitting on a wet icky feeling pad! We get on our own damn nerves and the people who love us, know to just stay out of the way.
In order for me to get over my period blues, for whatever reason I felt compelled today to find some reasons to celebrate it and I be not damned, Google did not disappoint.
So this is what I learned!
Stem cells are found in all multi-cellular organisms. They have the ability to develop into different cell types and multiply indefinitely. Thanks to these two features, stem cell research is advancing rapidly and stem cell therapy is being used to treat more and more illnesses. Medical scientists are using them to repair damaged tissues, while some researchers are even trying to replicate entire organs from them. The number of diseases being treated through stem cells therapy includes over 75 blood disorders.
Menstrual Blood Stem Cells: HOT DIGGITY DAMN.
Stem cells are usually found in the umbilical cord and bone marrow. These were the two chief sources, until now. In recent years, it has been found and proved that a woman’s menstrual blood contains stem cells. Discarded as waste, menstrual blood is actually a rich and renewing source of stem cells. These cells are present in menstrual blood thanks to the changes in the uterus during the menstrual cycle. The lining of the uterus thickens and grows, and in this process stem cells are produced. When the lining is shed at the end of the cycle, the stem cells too are shed as part of the flow. Today, menstrual blood can be collected in the privacy of the home and stem cells extracted from them. It is a non-invasive and totally painless way to harvest stem cells.
Power in the Blood of Dana (Did I write/say that out loud?)
The type of stem cell found in menstrual blood is ‘Mesenchymal’ stem cell. This type of cell has the ability to replicate and reproduce into any kind of tissue in the body. In fact, mesenchymal cells extracted from menstrual blood offer more advantages over those extracted from the bone marrow. Minimal pain is the first. Bone marrow extraction is painful and invasive.
Scientists report that menstrual blood contains adult stem cells that can develop into nine different types of cells: Heart cells. Lung cells. Nerve cells. Muscle cells. Cells that line the inside of blood vessels. Pancreatic cells. Liver cells (https://www.webmd.com/women/news/20071115/stem-cell-benefit-from-menstruation).
Menstrual blood cell extraction can is easy and fast, as the woman has to simply collect her menstrual blood and send it to the stem cell bank. It can be done in the comfort and privacy of your home .
Diseases Be Gone!
Mesenchymal stem cells have been used in clinical trials to treat cases of Parkinson’s disease, Type 1 Diabetes and even Multiple Sclerosis. Clinical trials are the first step towards making these therapies feasible for treatment. If successful, a vast majority suffering from these disorders will get a new lease of life.
So now that I am feeling all godlike and stuff (ladies, I hope you are too), here are some of the benefits for US…
- 1. Your period can slow the aging process
- 2. Your period offers hints that indicate and prevent disease
- 3. Your period can lead to more satisfaction in the bedroom
- 4. Having regular periods gives you information about your hormones
- 5. Your period improves your mood and appearance
- 6. Getting your period reduces bloating
- 7. Your period is a natural cleanser for your body
- 8. Having a period can release pent-up frustration and anger (Reference: The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…at Any Age. )
I also stumbled across some ancient practices that speak to how some cultures drank a little bit of this powerful, healing, life source for a myriad of reasons. I got to sit with this a little bit and do some more research. I may be to Westernized for this but I am working on returning to my ancient, tribal soul energy….but I ain’t quite there yet!
In the meantime, I am going to relish in my godlikeness and figure out who I need to send my menstrual blood to. I have lives to save.
Penning my Woman