A Swedish naturist has taken to Instagram to share a photograph of herself covered in her own menstrual blood.
Maxinne Bjork, who now lives in Bali, shared the striking post on her account over the weekend where she explained she had just had the 'urge' to do so.
In the photo Maxinne poses nude against a wall with her face and torso covered in her blood.
Captioning the image she explained her thoughts behind the process: 'Today after a very productive and super fun day, I just came home all emotional with lots on my minds that I just pushed a side cause I didn't have space to deal with it in the moment.
'I sat down and did some deep breathing, and all of a sudden felt a strong urge to cover myself in my life-giving fluids as a woman. So without really thinking of why or anything else, I just did.'
She continued to explain how the experience had lead to an emotional outburst.
She wrote: 'Smudged it out all over my body and then rolled around naked on the grass in my garden all covered in my menstrual blood. Smelled the earth and started crying intensely. Both from happiness and sadness.
'After some crying I started laughing instead. I’m so happy to have my mum in my life, we both help each other to get through some rollercoasters.
'The family situation we are in right now is just very draining. But thats life. And exactly how it is suppose to be in this moment. Accept and love.'
The image provoked a strong reaction from her 44,000 followers and while it amassed almost 3,000 likes it also attracted some negative feedback.
Although the comments have since been removed from the post some described the naturist as 'mentally sick' and 'disturbed'.
Maxinne has since responded to the feedback in a second Instagram post in which she encourages people to 'listen to their hearts'.
She wrote: 'So interesting how people can't accept that we all are different and have different views about life.
'I'm not telling people to think like me, but with my actions I want to express to people to listen to their hearts, and do what feels right for them even though it doesn't fit the norm.
'And that's why I even use social media, I want to spread how I live, so people can be inspired to dare to live how they want to live.
'I'm not trying to change any one, be you! And bad comments that I'm mentally sick doesn't really affect me. Maybe I am? But oh my, how great it feels to be mentally disturbed then I love my life!'
The divisive Instagram post is nothing out of the ordinary for Maxinne who is very open when it comes to her body on social media.
She often shares nude snaps and has previously documented her experiences with Yoni (vagina) massages.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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