About half of menstrual fluid is blood (the rest is cervical mucus, vaginal secretions and endometrial tissue). The blood contains sodium, calcium, phosphate, iron, and chloride. The vaginal fluids contain water, common electrolytes, organ moieties, and at least 14 proteins, including glycoproteins.
Is menstrual fluid safe?
Unless the person in question has a bloodborne illness (eg. HIV, HPV, Hepitis), menstrual fluid is harmless. No toxins are released in menstrual flow, as this is a lining that must be pure and clean enough to have nurtured a baby. Menstrual fluid is no more dangerous than regular blood.
What does menstrual fluid look like?
According to Wikipedia, “Menstrual fluid is reddish-brown, a slightly darker color than venous blood.” I disagree, I think that this description is far too narrow. Menstrual fluid varies enormously in colour and texture. The colour of menstrual fluid can be a bright red (the same colour as venous blood); or a darker red; or a reddish-brown (particularly…