WE KNEW WE WEREN’T BEING DRAMATIC
It’s time we talked period cramps. They suck and we hate them. We have to put up with our wombs personally victimising us every single month and not speaking to anybody about it because apparently it’s a ‘mild pain’ and a ‘squeamish subject’.
Okay, firstly- MILD PAIN?! It feels like somebody is repeatedly kicking us in the tailbone and squeezing our ovaries in a vice.
Secondly- ‘squeamish subject’? Don’t even get us started. Every single woman who’s pre-menopause and post-puberty bleeds from their vagina. It’s a fact of life. Get over it people- period’s are here to stay (which makes us incredibly sad because they can be absolute agony).
That’s right—agony. Not aches or mild discomfort or grumpiness, but very SERIOUS pain. Dysmenorrhea, the clinical term for painful menstruation, interferes with the daily life of around one in five women, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. And yet there’s remarkably little research into the condition, say experts, and too many doctors are dismissive when presented with the symptoms.
So, as you can imagine- when a qualified doctor came out and stated that period cramps can be as painful as a heart attack and needed to be researched more, we felt like jumping for joy. Finally, our justification for rolling around in bed like a bloated, fat, shiny-faced walrus was backed up by an actual medical professional. However, is it ironic that this statement came from a male doctor? We’re glad that he acknowledged it, but women have been saying this for years! Why’s it only just beginning to be taken seriously now in 2018?!
As you can see below, the statement sparked a conversation worldwide. Some shared their period pain horror stories and interesting opinions, others seemed to miss the mark completely…