Gross or Cool? 3 weird things people do with their menstrual blood

Things are about to get weird. 

While some of us are still getting used to talking about our menstrual blood and period intricacies openly, others have pioneered and pushed past just the talking. Some of the things we’re going to tell you about may seem weird, gross, or even unsettling. We’re also hoping you’ll see good reason in looking at things from a new perspective. If you’re squeamish about blood, this blog is not for you. If you are curious or even adventurous to expand your relationship with menstrual blood, read on! 

Be a Better Gardner

This is certainly a new way to think about plant nutrition. There isn’t any peer reviewed studies on this but there is definitely a lot of internet testimonies that suggest it’s great for your plants. Technically there is some science to back it up. Our menstrual blood has potassium, nitrogen and phosphorus. These also happen to be the main elements in a lot of fertilisers. If you want to try this at home, you’ll definitely want to be a cup user, so you can quickly pour just a little bit of your cup into the plant pot. The thing is, menstrual blood is still human tissue that can rot, so it’s advised you only put in a tiny bit at a time and dispose of the rest of the blood as usual. Maybe you’ll see a difference in the way your plant grows and at the very least you can tell yourself that you’ve literally practised epic levels of sustainability. 

Menstrual, uh, facials

We’re going to give you a big disclaimer for this one. This is something we definitely do not recommend trying. There isn’t any scientific evidence pointing to the results of menstrual blood facial benefits, but there seems to be a lot of takers on the internet who swear by the results. Although we will give you this piece of information to chew on - a lot of scientific trials that have to do with menstruation are often the least likely to be picked up for paid trials. It’s also one of the reasons why period pain has not been taken that seriously in the scientific community. This disparity exists because of underlying biases with gender and the medical community historically assuming men’s bodies were more or less the same as women’s. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, back to facials. Menstrual blood has some anti-inflammatory elements in it and some believe there are stem cells that help regenerate skin cells. Although menstrual blood in the uterus is technically sterile, there really isn’t a way to guarantee it’s not carrying any unwanted bacteria, especially since it makes contact with your genitals on its way out. So, while there needs to be a lot more studies to make any of this credible, you better believe there are some people out there doing this. At JuJu, we’re definitely enjoying reading about it, but definitely not trying this one! 

Menstrual Blood Art

We love the internet for being such a huge tool in opening up community dialogue and questioning taboo. In the last few years, Instagram and periodicals have become much more open about the realities of menstruation. From pain, patriarchy, mental health, and accessibility to healthcare, our periods have opened up doors that allow us to ask for better science, and medicine to help us live freer and happier lives. That’s why it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that many artists are experimenting with period blood as a painting tool. While it might disgust some, artists intend to break social conditioning by asking a larger metaphorical question: why have we been taught to be ashamed of a natural body function? Is it possible to celebrate our menstrual blood and embrace the discomfort it might bring some people? If you type in Menstrual Blood Art in Google, you’ll find lots of work and compelling artist statements that might let us all rethink the way we think about our bodies. 

What do you think?

As conversations become more transparent and honest, we can expect people to think about and use menstrual blood in possibly weirder ways. While some of us would like nothing more to do with our period blood, it’s worth noting the massive societal jump we’ve made in making periods mainstream. We believe this helps in opening more possibilities for better research and products that make our period experience happier and healthier. 

Do you think using menstrual blood for art or gardening is gross? Did you rethink your relationship with your body because of these trends? Have you tried any of these yourself? Let us know in the comments!