How Latinas Are Reclaiming The Power of Their Menstrual Cycles
Mama Bruja’s piece for HipLatina Magazine:
“…our menstrual cycle, particularly the bleeding phase, is a reservoir of power that can transform a woman’s life.
Unfortunately, many of us are unaware of this power. As a result, menstrual imbalances like fibroids are on the rise in the US. A 2013 National Institute of Health study found that 80% of women of African descent get fibroids throughout their life. Latinas are a multi-racial ethnic group; many of us are of African descent, so these numbers pertain to us as well. Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow on the uterus. Depending on the number and size, fibroids can cause increased bleeding, painful sex, and chronic anemia. Untreated, fibroids can lead to pregnancy complications and, in some cases, a hysterectomy. Racism and environmental toxins are strong risk factors for fibroids. That is, being a woman of color under stress increases your chances of getting fibroids. Sisters, reclaiming our blood is not a fad; it’s about survival…”