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What’s Menstrual Extraction? 2 Women Hospitalized After Vacuuming Period Blood

Two women have been confined at a hospital after performing menstrual extraction. The two of them reportedly wanted to end their menstrual periods early, so they performed menstrual extraction using a vacuum cleaner.

According to the Mirror, two females were recently rushed to the hospital after deliberately trying to end their menstrual period early by extracting their period using a vacuum cleaner. A Seattle nurse claimed that the two patients were aged 19 and 23.

Both women went into shock after performing the dangerous procedure in the hopes of ending their periods early. The nurse posted a tweet on social media, but it has now been set to private after the post went viral.

Relaying the nurse’s social media tweets, the New York Post reported that the nurse shared her thoughts about the dangers of menstrual extraction when done without a professional.

According to her, a woman’s menstrual period excretes following a regular flow since this is the pacing that the body can tolerate. When women use vacuums to extract the blood out, the menstrual flow is made faster by 1,000 times. The unnatural pacing of the menstrual flow is too much for a woman’s body to handle. As a result, the body goes into shock.

Dr. Adeeti Gupta, the founder of the Walk-In GYN Care, told Mail Online that what the women did was extremely dangerous and hazardous to their health since it could cause vaginal infections and injuries.

Gupta noted that menstrual bleeding is a natural process that every woman’s body undergoes and it should not be hastened by unnatural means. Although the cases were deemed uncommon, menstrual extraction using a vacuum does lead to shock.

As per a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, menstrual extraction is usually performed to terminate the pregnancy. The UCLA Family Health Center uses this procedure on women who are less than seven weeks in size and duration from their last period.

The procedure would take about five to 10 minutes and is 99 percent successful. The physician would insert a flexible Karman cannula into the cervical os to the uterine fundus. Afterward, the cannula is connected to the Karman syringe where the plunger would be pulled back until it locks and sucks at 50 mm Hg negative pressure. The cannula would then be rotated repeatedly until the uterus is cleaned, which is indicated by bubbles.

Vacuum cleaner A picture of a whole set of vacuum cleaner in the living room. Steve Buissinne/Pixabay