Scientists have discovered that a sizeable minority of women have Y-chromosome gene sequences in their blood. As you may already know, Y-chromosomes belong to men, not women, so we must ask: What are they doing there, and where did they come from?
An obvious answer would be from pregnancy with a male son, since every woman who has been pregnant still carries cells from her fetus within her bloodstream. Cells from the pregnancy will reside within the mother’s bloodstream and organs for the rest of her life, even if the pregnancy was terminated or if there was a miscarriage. Called microchimerism, the phenomenon is named after the Greek chimera, a mythical fire-breathing monster composed of three animals (a lion, a snake, and a goat). So that explains things for women who have given birth to sons. But what about the women without sons who still carried male cells in their bloodstream?
Conducted by immunologists at the Fred Hutchinson Caner Center in 2004, the study took samples from 120 women who had never had sons. They found that 21% of these women had male DNA. The women were then categorized into four groups, according to pregnancy history: Group A had had only daughters, Group B had had one or more miscarriage(s), Group C had induced abortions, and Group D had never been pregnant before. The prevalence of male michrochimerism was considerably greater in Group C, although it was still present in each group: Group A showed 8%, Group B showed 22%, Group C showed 57%, and Group D showed 10%.
From these results, researchers hypothesized possible sources of male michrochimerism as known pregnancies, miscarriages, vanished male twins, or sexual intercourse. This means that through intercourse alone there is a potential for women to hold onto male genes and DNA within their organs and bloodstream for their entire life!
I find this fascinating, especially because a spiritual friend and mentor once told me that every time you sleep with somebody, you take on a part of them within you. I thought of this as a powerful metaphor, that we were keeping a part of them energetically. Needless to say, it made me reflect on certain things from my past. But to learn that there is actual scientific proof to back this up and that it is a physical thing, that it is more than just energy, is pretty astounding. The idea that, as women, we are capable of taking on actual physical DNA from the men that we sleep with, has troubling implications.
This science adds new meaning to the act of sexual intercourse in general. A sacred and spiritual act, I believe it should be regarded with the respect it deserves. A lot of people are misusing sex and have forgotten what it is meant for and how important and consecrated it really is. I think I speak for a lot of women out there in saying that I know what this is like and have had experiences in the past with giving away sex somewhat freely because of insecurity, or to please or impress a man, without actually realizing how irresponsible this was. Because at the time, it was just sex, and when you are completely disconnected from yourself, it doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal. Now that I am older and more connected to my spiritual self, I realize that sex is not something that is meant to be thrown around and given out so freely; it is a sacred act that creates a bond between two people who love and care for one another. It is so important for us as a species to realize this. There is a lot of power and amazing potential within this act and it has the ability to connect us with our true selves.
Many of us are holding onto a lot of sexual baggage from our past, and it is not my intent to make anyone regret past experiences. Rather, I wish to help you let go, embrace what the past has taught you, and move forward with that knowledge. Given these insights, I’m sure you will think twice about who you end up in bed with, and at the very least, I’m positive that you’ll be sure to use a condom!
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