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The Liberation of Free Bleeding

What is Free Bleeding?

Free bleeding is a practice where a person intentionally does not use menstrual products (such as tampons, pads, or menstrual cups) during their period, allowing menstrual blood to flow freely and be absorbed by their clothing or other materials. Free bleeding is often promoted as a way to challenge cultural taboos around menstruation and to reduce the environmental impact of disposable menstrual products.

Why is Free Bleeding so Controversial?

Free bleeding is a controversial practice because it challenges societal norms and taboos around menstruation. Menstruation has long been stigmatized and shrouded in shame, and many people are taught to view it as something dirty or shameful. As a result, the idea of bleeding freely without any menstrual products can be seen as taboo or even radical. In addition to societal stigma, there are also concerns around hygiene and potential health risks associated with free bleeding. Without any menstrual products to absorb blood, there is a risk of leaks and potential exposure to bacteria or other pathogens. Some people also worry that free bleeding could cause skin irritation or other health problems. Finally, there are concerns around accessibility and inclusivity. Free bleeding may not be practical or safe for everyone, and some people may not be able to access the resources or information they need to practice it safely. This can lead to feelings of exclusion or frustration among those who feel drawn to the practice but are unable to participate. Despite these concerns, some people find that free bleeding can be a powerful way to connect with their bodies and honor their natural rhythms. By challenging societal norms and embracing their bodies in a new way, they may be able to find healing and empowerment.

Why Do We Free Bleed?

Free bleeding has been gaining popularity in recent years as a way to challenge the stigma and shame surrounding menstruation, and to promote bodily autonomy and freedom. For many people, free bleeding represents a form of liberation, allowing them to reject traditional menstrual products and the expectations and norms that come with them. By free bleeding, individuals are able to reclaim their bodies and celebrate their menstrual cycles as a natural and normal part of life. While free bleeding is not without its challenges, including the potential for discomfort or messiness, many people find it to be a powerful and empowering practice that helps them connect with their bodies and take ownership of their menstrual cycles.

Isn't Free Bleeding... Messy?

If you think you're going to end up looking like this <<< you're not!!

Free bleeding can be a little unpredictable the first time you try it but generally it's not messy.

Infact, I feel much cleaner when I don't have plastic and synthetic products stuffed up my yoni.

It's important to remember that menstrual blood is actually natural and very sacred bodily fluid and it's nothing to be ashamed of.

Wearing dark, comfortable clothing and using a backup can help to manage any mess. In my own experience it's not messy at all, you will feel the blood starting to flow and you have plenty of time to do something about it (either go to the bathroom, or water your plants :)

My Own Journey Discovering the Liberation of Free Bleeding

When I first read about free bleeding I thought ‘well that’s just impossible.’ After all, that’s why sanitary products have been created right?

But I was kinda curious. Was it really possible to control my own bleed? I decided to find out!

My discovery of free bleeding came after doing alot of womb healing whereby I no longer feared my periods or found them painful. I was seeking a deeper sense of womb embodiment, and it started to feel like blocking my flow / soaking it up and throwing it away wasn't going to support that. Ultimately I was curious, could I bleed free? What would it feel like? Would it be messy? I didn't know how to start but I heard an inner voice calmly announce, 'you'll know when'. It came because I was wondering how I will know when the blood is coming through. 'I'll tell you' the voice said. I recognised my womb was communicating to me, through a channel of deep intuition, assuring me that I would know when blood was coming through and that I would have enough time to manage the flow.

So many questions went through my mind. Will I really know when blood will flow from my body? Is it possible? Can I trust this voice? What if I can't feel it?

What My First Experience Of Bleeding Free Actually Felt Like

- It was actually really simple, easy and clear. My womb spoke before it wanted to flow. It gave me ample warning. I could feel it! And it felt amazing to have that connection. I was in awe!

- I noticed my womb even had a consideration of where I was and gave me even more time! Once I entered into a negotiation - I was in the car park at Waitrose and I could feel my womb telling me the blood will flow. I asked to wait, give me a few more minutes to do a shop and then get home, and guess what, it worked!

- No cups and no cotton, no spotting - totally clean, wow! It honestly felt so pure, so free, so easy and so natural. It's hard to describe the feeling but it was like being in a deep and trusting connection with my own freedom, my own womb.

- The night times were equally easy. At first I slept with a towel just incase but after the first night I realised I didn't need it. Womb adjusted, and would bleed in the morning. I was mesmerised by my own womb. I would sleep naked, wear white, wear no underwear and still, not even a tiny spot or spec.

I was blown away! The voice was trust worthy! I felt a deep sense of support and womb embodiment, a knowing within me of the sense of freedom and flow.

After all those years stopping and blocking and soaking up this sacred blood, it was over. The free bleeding experience ultimately demonstrated to me the power of somatic womb connection, of listening and of cultivating trust in my own body. It helped me to look forward to my bleed, to prioritise it above other things in my schedule and to recognise what a sacred time it is for the feminine.

Since I talked about my journey of free bleeding it has inspired a few of you to also try it. It always blows me away when clients of mine, especially the ones who are doing deep womb work to heal from sexual trauma, find themselves in a place where they feel safe enough to bleed free, to trust their womb impulses and sensations again, to feel themselves so deeply in this primordial centre.

Tips for Trying Free Bleeding for the First Time

If you're interested in trying free bleeding during your menstrual cycle, there are some tips you can follow to help make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable:

  1. Wear dark, comfortable clothing: Since you won't be using any menstrual products, it's important to wear dark, comfortable clothing that you don't mind getting stained. Choose fabrics that are breathable and absorbent, like cotton.

  2. Start at home: If you're feeling nervous about free bleeding, try starting at home where you feel comfortable and safe. This can help you get used to the feeling and figure out what works best for you. You can also start in the bath, this will mean you don't have to worry about mess and you get used to being comfortable with your own blood. This is your blood after all, it keeps you alive! Why are you scared about it? Ask yourself!

  3. Use a backup: If you're worried about leaks, you can use a backup like a reusable menstrual pad or period underwear to help absorb any excess blood. If leaks happen, don't worry, that's what a washing machine is for :)

  4. Practice good hygiene: It's important to maintain good hygiene practices while free bleeding to prevent infection or other health concerns. Take regular showers or baths, change your clothing often, and wash your hands frequently.

  5. Listen to your body: As you learn to trust your body you will feel when the blood is trying to flow through, it's kinda like the way you know you need to pee(!). You can even ask your womb to hold it for you if you need more time. (I've tried this, it works!) But you have to trust it when it says yes!! :)

In addition to these practical tips, you may also want to consider setting an intention before you begin your bleed. This can help you connect with your womb and be open to the experience. Periodically check in and breathe with your womb, sensing how it feels and getting used to interpreting sensation. Finally, after you bleed freely, you can thank your womb for its offering. Remember, free bleeding is a personal choice, and it's important to do what feels best for you and your body.

The Physical Benefits of Free Bleeding

There is a growing movement of people who choose to practice free bleeding during their menstrual cycle, which involves refraining from using any type of menstrual product and allowing menstrual blood to flow freely. While there are potential downsides to free bleeding, some people believe that it can provide physical benefits, including:

  1. Increased comfort: Some people find that wearing menstrual products like tampons or pads can be uncomfortable or cause irritation. Free bleeding can provide a more natural and comfortable experience.

  2. Improved air circulation: Wearing menstrual products can restrict air flow and create a warm, moist environment, which can increase the risk of bacterial growth and infections. Free bleeding allows for improved air circulation, which can reduce this risk.

  3. Reduced exposure to chemicals: Some menstrual products contain chemicals that can be irritating or potentially harmful to the body. Free bleeding eliminates the need for these products, reducing exposure to these chemicals.

  4. Cost savings: Menstrual products can be expensive, and free bleeding eliminates the need to purchase these products, potentially saving money over time. It feels quite liberating to not have to buy sanitary products :)

Emotional Benefits of Free Bleeding

In addition to potential physical benefits, some people who practice free bleeding during their menstrual cycle believe that it can provide emotional benefits as well. Here are a few examples:

  1. Increased body positivity: By embracing their natural bodily processes, some people who practice free bleeding may feel more positive about their bodies and less self-conscious about their menstrual cycle. I felt a sense of deep trust and confidence in my womb since Free Bleeding.

  2. Connection with nature's cycles: Some people see free bleeding as a way to connect with nature and honor the natural rhythms of their bodies. This can provide a sense of grounding and connection to the earth. It also connects you to every moment of your period because you are literally feeling it happening - it's beautiful!

  3. Increased presence and self-awareness: By paying attention to their body and menstrual cycle, some people who practice free bleeding may feel more connected to themselves and more aware of their needs. I certainly feel more connected to my body when I free bleed, and I feel alot of self love and ease.

  4. Reduced shame and stigma: Menstruation is often stigmatized in our society, and some people who practice free bleeding feel that it helps to break down this stigma and reduce feelings of shame or embarrassment around menstruation.

Spiritual Benefits of Free Bleeding

  1. Connection with the divine feminine: Menstruation has long been associated with the divine feminine in many spiritual traditions, and some people who practice free bleeding feel that it helps to connect them with this aspect of themselves and with the divine.

  2. Increased intuition: By paying attention to their body and menstrual cycle, some people who practice free bleeding feel that they are able to tap into their intuition and connect with their inner wisdom.

  3. Spiritual cleansing: In some spiritual traditions, menstruation is seen as a time of spiritual cleansing and release. By practicing free bleeding, some people feel that they are able to more fully participate in this process.

  4. Connection with the earth: Some people who practice free bleeding feel that it helps to connect them with the cycles of the earth and the natural world. This can provide a sense of grounding and connection to the world around them.

How Free Bleeding Can Help You Heal and Connect Deeper to Your Feminine Energy

  1. Connection with your body: Free bleeding can help you to connect with your body and your menstrual cycle in a new way. By embracing your natural bodily processes and allowing yourself to experience your menstrual flow without products, you may feel more connected to your body and its needs. This is important if you've been dissociated or disconnected from your womb and body sensations.

  2. Feminine Empowerment: Choosing to free bleed can be an empowering experience, as it allows you to take control of your menstrual cycle and reject societal norms around menstruation. This can help you to feel more confident and in tune with yourself. It is a natural part of nature, embracing this and allowing yourself this grace will naturally put you in a place where you accept your feminine energy more.

  3. Emotional release and healing: Some people find that free bleeding allows them to release pent-up emotions and energy that have been stored in their womb or body. By allowing yourself to fully experience your menstrual flow without products, you may find that you are able to release emotions that have been held in your body. Letting our emotions flow, and to bleed every month is a very deeply healing process for our hearts and wombs.

  4. Honoring your body: By choosing to free bleed, you are honouring your body and its natural processes. This can be a powerful act of self-love and self-care, as it shows that you value your body and its needs. This is especially true if you've been shamed for your body processes or even for bleeding as a woman, or if you've been taught this is something dirty that you need to hide from.

  5. Spiritual connection: For some people, free bleeding can be a spiritual practice that helps them to connect with their inner wisdom, the divine feminine, or the natural world. This can provide a sense of grounding and connection to something greater than oneself.

Free Bleeding & Sacred Blood Rituals

I believe that our blood is the deepest offering any human can give to this world, and recognising that your feminine essence is already designed to be in deep trust and sacrifice by offering every month is deeply empowering.

Sacred blood rituals involving menstrual blood have been practiced in many cultures throughout history. Some people believe that menstrual blood contains powerful energies and can be used for healing, purification, and spiritual purposes.

The use of menstrual blood in rituals has been present in many cultures throughout history, and it continues to be used in some traditional and spiritual practices today.

For example, in ancient Greek and Roman mythology, menstrual blood was believed to have powerful properties and was associated with the goddesses of fertility and childbirth. In Hinduism, menstrual blood is considered to be sacred and is used in some Tantric rituals.

Similarly, in some African and Native American cultures, menstrual blood is seen as a powerful source of female energy and is used in healing rituals.

In modern times, some feminist and women's spirituality movements have also incorporated the use of menstrual blood in their practices, as a way of reclaiming and honoring the power and sacredness of the female body.

In some traditions, women would collect their menstrual blood and offer it to the earth as a way of honoring the cycles of nature and the connection between women and the earth. Others would use menstrual blood in rituals for protection, fertility, and spiritual awakening.

Today, some people continue to practice menstrual blood rituals as a way of reclaiming the power and sacredness of menstruation. There are many ways that people use menstrual blood in sacred rituals or practices. Some examples include:

  1. Offering it to the earth: In many traditions, women would collect their menstrual blood and offer it to the earth as a way of honoring the cycles of nature and the connection between women and the earth.

  2. Using it in spells: Some people believe that menstrual blood can be used in spells for protection, fertility, or spiritual awakening.

  3. Creating art or crafts: Some people use menstrual blood as a medium for art or crafts, such as painting or dyeing fabric.

  4. Adding it to bath water: Some people add menstrual blood as a way of purifying and cleansing themselves.

  5. Mixing it with other herbs or oils: Some people mix menstrual blood with other herbs or oils to create a personalized blend for spiritual or healing purposes.

It's important to note that these practices are personal and individual, and should be approached with respect and sensitivity. It's also important to follow proper hygiene practices.

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