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By Carrie G. - / Friday 27 July 2012 00:46 / United States - Holland
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By  polarflares  |  2

You're clearly not as educated as you think you are because it's definitely not just a tablespoon per cycle. It probably varies from person to person, but can definitely be more than a tablespoon. Not to be gross, but there are times when I sit on the toilet and can literally feel it just drain out, and it's a hell of a lot more than a tablespoon. Make sure you're properly educated on the topic before you give out incorrect information.

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By  i_wuz_nver_here  |  31

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  Aug1508  |  9

I think she meant to say that a person must be crazy to want to donate their blood since you might have to have your period for longer Just to have enough blood to donate.

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my cousin wanted hers for like 2 years . i know what they are talking about. its weird

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  AKiDNamedJoHn  |  12

Mr. i_wuz_never_here, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this website is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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  free2speak  |  14

Lol but on the serious side though, the blood is clean until it exits the uterus. If there was some device to capture the blood as it sloughs off but even then, the low yield isn't really worth it in the end. Plus, there are a lot of dead skin cells in it so it wouldn't really help.

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  Marcella1016  |  26

Ugh 40 if somehow that actually became possible, I'd never use it even if my life depended on it. Literally, I'd die before I let a blood transfusion turn me into someone's giant tampon...

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  kay71095  |  9

But it is not all blood... People think its straight up blood, and believe me. I would know. Coming from a girl that is very well dedicated to health class and biology

By  yabbadabbadooyah  |  12

It turns out a lot of younger, or uneducated (about the subject) tend to think it's just normal blood, when in reality, it's only a table spoon for your whole cycle. Sorry if I grossed anyone out..

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  Needafarm  |  22

I'm pretty sure i have awakened with a tablespoons worth on a heavy day, so it's more like a quarter cup. The Egg actually gets bigger when it's ready to pop.

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  polarflares  |  2

You're clearly not as educated as you think you are because it's definitely not just a tablespoon per cycle. It probably varies from person to person, but can definitely be more than a tablespoon. Not to be gross, but there are times when I sit on the toilet and can literally feel it just drain out, and it's a hell of a lot more than a tablespoon. Make sure you're properly educated on the topic before you give out incorrect information.

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Most of it is tissue that forms, incase you were to get a fertilized egg, so it may seem as if there is lots because trust me, I know, but what I've learned in health class is a table spoon, but I assume that's not completely accurate for everyone, it can vary.

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  kmsdvm24  |  11

#23 - what #4 is probably referring to is the amount of actual blood in your cycle. The medical estimate is actually a tablespoon of blood per cycle, although this can vary a little per person. Most of the "period blood" is actually tissue and other fluids; there is very little actual blood in your cycle regardless of how heavy or light your flow.

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  sens3sfailing  |  24

You forget that it isn't even blood too, it's tissue. It's not bleeding, it's the lining of the uterus shedding. So calling it blood is wrong. Obviously there is blood mixed in there but a majority is the uterus' lining.

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  Eila1996  |  5

Well I was taught that it was half a cup per cycle!

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  free2speak  |  14

#4, I can understand why you would think that. A lot of magazines, incorrectly, mention that but *gross part starts here* the first two days of my cycle, I soak through at least 2 super+ tampons. Maybe a teaspoon a day for those with a lighter flow, but for me, its more like 1/4 of a cup over the entire cycle on the minimum. Sorry if I grossed anyone out but I assume all of us are mature here.

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Im going to clarify my first comment: I didn't mean that the only amount of substance that comes out during a cycle is 1 table spoon, but that is the amount of blood. There are, like other commenters said other liquids, and vaginal tissue. This being said it may seem as if there is gallons of blood coming out while on your period, it's not exactly blood, mostly tissue.

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  mindelynn  |  2

It can vary a lot! I have pcos and because of it I've always had really heavy periods. Tmi here but I used to wear an over night pad and another one across the back of my undies ( form a T shape) and a super absorb tampon and would still bleed through all that mid way through the night. Thank god after treating my pcos they arnt that heavy. But I can garuntee some of us girls bleed way more than a spoon! I used be anemic and sick during my periods cause I bled so much.

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I know, I bleed more than a spoon, for sure, but most of what is "bleeding" is not a lot of actual blood it contains other things, that can still be very heavy and bleed right through a pad. The reason for this is every cycle, a coating of tissue builds up on the walls on the uterus to prepare a place for a fertilized egg to receive nutrients in its first stages. So your period is when the egg is not fertilized, resulting in no need for the tissue, so along with the egg, and a bit of blood it leaves your body.

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  kut17  |  11

This is good to know. Next time a woman says "You try bleeding for three days and not be cranky", I can just say "lulz, you're only bleeding, like, a few tablespoons."

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  AClassActx3  |  7

I dont care what professionals say. Its way more than a teaspoon, table spoon or any spoon! Smh.. & no one should be grossed out, its health & if you are, you're probably too young or immature.

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  floopyflooper  |  2

49 is right. That's why it's actually called "menstrual fluid." there is a small amount of blood. A period is for shedding the lining of the uterus since there isn't a baby to use it. So you can imagine there is more of the lining than blood. My god people don't like to read, do they?

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  cherry72  |  13

I had pcos and had the same problem as u (waaaayyyyy more than a teaspoon...that actually makes me laugh and sad @ same time) I would go 3 months on heavy and get anemic and They had to do an endometrial ablation and then full hysterectomy :(

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Im sure most people with the heavier flows lose much more than a tablespoon. I don't have pcos but I lose enough blood that my iron levels drop to levels that make it hard to sit, stand, and walk. I even have trouble moving my arm just to eat because of the low iron. :/

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Once again, it is not that only a table spoon comes out, that's the amount of blood. This blood is accompanied by tissue which makes up most of the two cups you mentioned. I'm starting to think people aren't reading the whole comment thread and ignoring what I've been trying to say.

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  tarrie33  |  2

A single tampon holds twice that amount or more. Well mine do. The tissue that does come out doesn't soak into the tampon, it stays on the outside and looks like clots. So the whole bleeding a tbsp is a crock. Every woman's period is different. Doesn't take a genius to know there is more blood than a tbsp. be the gross person saves as much blood as u can and measure it. You'll be surprised about how little tissue does come out vs blood. This is a dumb thing to debate over. Us girls can tell u it's more blood than a tbsp with out measuring it. Well the smart ones can lol

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  crankawank  |  19

Oh my... This is just embarrassing. DO YOU PEOPLE NOT READ??? And some of you are just being so obstinate about this whole deal that I want to tear my ovaries out! IT HAS BEEN MENTIONED MULTIPLE TIMES that menstrual fluid isn't ONLY BLOOD AND TISSUE. There are OTHER FLUIDS PRESENT AS WELL. Please, please do your research. Yes, the amount of blood can vary. Yes, there is tissue in with the blood. But do NOT selectively ignore that there are other fluids, too! Fuck, I'm on my period RIGHT NOW and reading this is seriously pissing me off! BUT HEY AT LEAST I TOOK THE TIME TO READ IT ALL UNLIKE SOME OF YOU IGNORAMUSES.

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  ninjacapo  |  2

Id jus like to say, as a guy, im so glad i dont bleed every month :p yuck. Although its all gross to think about when my girlfriend complains about it. Its actually better to think of it as all blood then a bloody tissue mixture that consists of your deteriorating uterus wall. Ewww

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  tisvana20  |  6

The eggs grow in follicles which "pop" when the egg gets released into the Fallopian tube. That doesn't make the popping comment make sense, but eggs do "pop." At least, that's what I've been told and shown videos of anyways. The human body is truly terrifying.

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  jew_lala  |  11

The human egg is actually quiet large and is considered the one of largest cells since you can see it with the naked eye and yes if you decided to go through the remains of your cycle you'll find your egg (yum)

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No that's disgusting. I would rather die considering where it came from and it's not just blood.

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  stariee1997  |  16

I'm a girl and I wouldn't want menstrual fluid in my system either... Dead tissue, and other fluids, from a uterus? No thank you. Doesn't mean I would rather die though.

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  redhedsaysrawr  |  18

Stephanie Meyer actually commented about that: she said because its not the same type of blood that comes from the heart, its coming from her vagina, this means hes not "hungry" for it...

By  batman_516  |  9

Well...why can't it?

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  batman_516  |  9

Why is that a problem though? Why not filter it out?

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Your blood will smell like fish.

By  greeneyedpothead  |  10

That's so sweet of him to want to do that!! But period blood is just gross :-/ Maybe he can find another use for it lol. Like for those crazy ladies that actually cook placentas and eat them O.O

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  ericathealien  |  7

There's some rhyme and reason for consuming the placenta. Some doolas will dry and put it in gel capsules (pills) for the mom to take. It helps balance hormones and acts like an iron supplement after the blood loss of childbirth.

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