Woman says she gets rid of period pain by smearing menstrual blood on her face
A 26-year-old woman has claimed that smearing menstrual blood on her face has relieved her period pain.
After suffering from severe period pain, Yazmina Jade Adler, from Melbourne, was advised to take the contraceptive pill to regulate her cycle and by extension, reduce the pain she was experiencing.
However, a chance encounter led her to use her own menstrual blood as a solution instead:
Appearing on the SBS's show Medicine or Myth?, the 26-year-old explained: "I've been using this remedy now for about 10 months to a year and my cramping has gone."
"Every month, I create a ritual medication space, and I use the blood in a way to connect either through putting it on my hand or anointing it on my third eye.
"By doing this, it has relieved the discomfort."
For Adler, it is a combination of menstrual blood and meditation which relieves her pain. She explained on the show that when she is meditating, she typically places one hand on her heart and the other on her womb.
"I'm connecting those spaces and I just breathe into the body. I would normally connect with the blood, just by doing that, it instantly does something to me," she continued.
"What I found is taking that time out, actually be with myself, and meditate, connect with my body, it's like the pain has gone away.
The 26-year-old said that she was sharing her story in a bid to help other women.
"I just want every woman to feel it," she explained. "I know what women go through, I know that pain and shame, I feel for the women who are struggling with this."
Alder collects her period blood using a menstrual cup.
While Dr. Mansberg was visibly repulsed, once he saw the 26-year-old overcome with a sense of inner peace after smearing the blood on her face on the show, he changed his opinion of her practice.
"Now I see everything that you're doing, and you've got so much peace coming off you, and you've converted what was clearly a very distressing, physical situation into something really profoundly beautiful," he said.
Alder explained that she got the idea of using menstrual blood to relieve her cramps from a shamanic womb woman, who said to her that her problem could be solved if she "connected" to her blood.
"She mentioned the blood to me, and she mentioned connecting to the blood, even just touching it," Alder said.
"I decided to give it a go, and as soon as I started doing that, it was like it had this profound healing effect of like 'oh, I don't need to be shameful of this anymore'.
"Because women, we are shamed for bleeding, it's a sanitary thing."