Think Menstrual Blood Is Gross? Think Again. September 19 2013

The sight of blood is considered cool by some (especially if you like slasher movies), while it makes others faint.

But the mere mention of menstrual blood makes most people curl their lip as if it’s harvested from the skin of lepers. The truth is, it’s just the opposite.

It took me a long time to come around to embracing my cycle and all the cool things that go with it. For example… you burn more fat during certain days, an egg takes 4 days to travel 4 inches, the egg is the only cell in the human body visible to the naked eye, and the list goes on and on. But I didn’t think there was any upside to the blood itself.

It’s messy, it stains (somehow, only when I’m wearing my real Cosabella thong instead of my knock offs), and I haven’t quite gotten on board with the whole hippie trend of saving menstrual blood to fertilize house plants. (No offense. I’m a hippie in training. Just not there yet). Maybe that’s why the only thing I’ve been able to keep green in my home is the artificial turf on my deck.

That view changed when I discovered that menstrual blood might cure cancer.

Sounds dramatic. But scientist have been collecting and studying menstrual blood since 1989. Turns out it has the same properties as stem cells. (without the hassle of actually growing a fetus first.) Its “stromal stem cells” have the ability to differentiate into important cells, such as bone, cartilage, fat, nerve and cardiogenic cells.

Cryo-Cell believes the highly proliferative cells could be incorporated into treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Lou Gehrig’s disease and even to restore sight.

I may not be able to save my plants, but it’s pretty cool to know I could actually save a life.