Wednesday, April 22, 2009

OMG I was bleeding all this time for no reason?

Okay. Here's a shocker. no seriously, I'm also not the type to get shocked easily, but this one truly is a shock that feels like a blow to one's head.
Brace yourself-- btw I'm talking to women here, and men who are interested -- we, human females do not necessarily have to bleed (too much) during our menstruation.
I know, you're there thinking "what the f*** does that mean?!" Of course we bleed because the lining of the uterus is shed!!.. right? Or does it really have to be like that?? Thanks to Ollique's blog I've found this piece of information.

"During the days before a woman ovulates, the lining of the womb - the endometrium - thickens in preparation for a possible conception. If the egg released at ovulation passes through the womb unfertilized, the thickened endometrial tissues are not needed - and in a truly healthy woman, as in animals in their wild state, those tissues are mostly reabsorbed. What remains is expelled over a short period of time as a slight mucus discharge (2:28-29; 15:227)."

Apparently, other wild animals do not shed massive amount of blood as we do, but rather reabsorb the lining back into their systems (source 1), (source2).

This site argues that the reason human being, and other domesticated animals have heavier flows is due to our diet, too much protein and lack of other substances. Others consider light flow menstruation a sign of illness, or drug side effects.

However, it does make me wonder, if I can really decrease the flow of my period without becoming ill, and on top of that not have cramps, that would be revolutionary. I think I will gain at least 12 if not 24 more days of my life per year!, where I can be productive and do something other than lie in bed grabbing my tummy, due to the intolerable pain. Also then could I avoid the effort of changing pads/tampons, being scared that it will leak, which it always does!, and not being able to sleep through cuz of the heavy flow - sorry for the graphical depictions here.

I can't go too much into this, but will keep you up to date with all my new findings.

But while I'm on the topic, I would also like to introduce to you a couple of more things. While I'm on the sustainable living roll these days, here are a couple of ways to not kill too many trees and not fill our planet with large amounts of non-biodegradable waste.

Lunapads: pads made of cloth - nicer feeling - which could be reused after washing.
(they also sell those devices which allow you to pee standing up called Pstyle).

Mooncups: its the reusable tampons, so to say, made of silicon, it collects menstrual blood rather than absorbing it. Also, you don't need to change it as often because, the Mooncup will hold 30ml of fluid, which is roughly one third of the average total produced each period, which is approximately 80mL.

But of course you won't even need these if you were to not bleed...


Ollique said...

Happy Shiny, I will be following your progress in this issue! But in that blog entry there are two easy to put into practice pieces of advice: 3 oranges a day (and some lemon as that Italian girl did) and preparing at least 50% of each meal raw (and as far as I have seen, you eat salads regularly, so it will be easy for you to increase the amount).
It was a big shock for me to learn this stuff and I was almost angry - just can't find the right word to describe my outcry- angry about why on Earth this information is not shared actively and not taught at school!!! And it worked in my case (in my case quickly - in the first month of my fully raw diet last October)

insatiable hee said...

ah cool... that sounds relatively easy. 3 oranges.. could they be substituted with 6 mandarins? :-)
yeah, I do eat alot of raw stuff- salads and stuff... I would imagine this month I have already been keeping up with such diet regimes... will see how it helps! but really, thanks for the info! I am also happily surprised about the good news, or yeah I should be angry that I didn't know it before! but we'll keep spreading the news!

hwayoungjung said...

you know what's what with my irregular menstruation. some times I know I've ovulated but didn't have a bloody discharge over a few days. Was a bit bloated, felt tired, etc but no blood.

So perhaps all this time I'm the "normal"?

hwayoungjung said...

but then again, my bitch dog use to bleed when she menstruated, all over the couch.

insatiable hee said...

yeah but I've heard that's because they are domesticated and are fed "high protein" dog food, which is not what wild dogs would eat....
Its not just animals versus humans but wild animals and humans who live more naturally versus domesticated animals and humans who..well are just living.

hwayoungjung said...

of course you are right. in fact this post has made me think allot about my diet again. It's something I've thought allot about, what with dave's special needs and all. I will tell you more about it when we meet in person.

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

insatiable hee said...

uh... thanks? but I actually think my best posts are not the old or new ones but just some random ones in between.