People are finally talking about period pain, something that we, as a society, still don’t really understand or recognize. Period pain, like much of women’s reproductive health in general, is under-researched, misunderstood, often swept under the carpet and shrouded in taboo.

Looking beyond the sensationalist headlines (the heart-attack comparison came from a single doctor’s anecdotal evidence), the conversation raises all kinds of important issues and questions that we are long overdue in discussing.

For example, why is so little known about a condition that affects 20% of women to the point that they can’t go about their daily activities? Why do doctors take women’s pain less seriously? Why are women left with little option but to keep quiet, take a painkiller and get on with it? Would there be more research and understanding if men had to deal with it too?

Right now there isn’t really a prominent lobby pushing the need for further research, and there still appears to be a general media discomfort about using period-related words on their channels. There are such deep-rooted linguistic and societal links between the womb and the emotional over-reaction of women, even the word ‘hysteria’ stems from the Greek word for uterus. You could say that this has been going on for a while now. So if things are going to change anytime soon we really need to start talking about period pain, to normalize it and to get doctors to start taking it more seriously.

Ironically (or not), it took the revelations of a man for people to start the conversation. But talking about it they are. While some people are shocked by the headline-grabbing comparison, to millions of women this is old news, and they took to social media to share their stories. Scroll down below to check out some of the conversation below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Because after all, change has to start somewhere doesn’t it?

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stellermatt 11 months ago

so this guy has access to the internet yet is still so uneducated on a simple fact? idiot. (and he can't spell 'though', idiot.)

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Julia Previte 11 months ago

I still don't think they have admitted it....

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LittleGrayMouse 11 months ago

We've been dealing with it monthly apparently.

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LittleGrayMouse 11 months ago

Yet here we are, pale and bent over from pain, off to work, cooking for our man, doing the household; without even complaining anymore

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LittleGrayMouse 11 months ago

My principal wanted proof because "everyone was using it as an excuse". I don't think he's ever said that to another woman since that day...

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Lynda St.James 11 months ago

Not a joke, Hugo. Truth.

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LittleGrayMouse 11 months ago

I've been fainting monthly for about 15 years, starting at age 10. No medication helps. I can't wait for menopause.

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stellermatt 11 months ago

pain is pain, if it hurts it hurts, you shouldn't have to justify what level, just expect sympathy/empathy/understanding/help/etc/etc

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El Lie 11 months ago

I really hate this, I happen to be of the "lucky" kind that doesnt get a lot of painful cramps, but am more than aware of how bad they are for others.

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Alib 11 months ago

When I was a teen I tried to tell my (male) doctor it felt like I had been shot in the gut with a bullet while someone used a rusty saw to get from the inside out. My insides were on fire with horrible searing pain. He goes all droll, "Have you ever been shot?" I have only gone to women doctors since!

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LittleGrayMouse 11 months ago

All that while having a red waterfall between your legs.

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Daniel Sipes 11 months ago

As a dude, I feel horribly guilty just reading about all this. Isn't their some medication we could use that's better than ibuprofen? Like hugs or chocolate?

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LittleGrayMouse 11 months ago

Finally!

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Ethel Othello 11 months ago

Men like that don't even deserve a response.

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Ethel Othello 11 months ago

I agree with Diane, it's not funny. Guy spends years of "accusing people of being dramatic" because that's okay now?

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MauKini 11 months ago

So I guess before Jesus women didnt get periods? But thanks for your understanding of our pain.

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LittleGrayMouse 11 months ago

Male boss' will probably tell us to 'plan' it so the worst is during our day off...

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earringnut 11 months ago

this is a man. boys take notes.

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Daria B 11 months ago

Oh, my... Ice makes it worse! You need keep your abdomen warm to lessen the pain.

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Magpie 11 months ago

Yeah I am repeating myself here. Keep asking the health professionals until someone can help you. Also the older women in the family. For some of us the hormones help, for some the *correct* herbs.

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E Kko 11 months ago

True, I can't sleep during periods

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Lynda St.James 11 months ago

Something we women and girls have known since about 12 years of age.

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Magpie 11 months ago

Keep asking the health professionals and the older women in the family. At the very least you want a health professional who will write you a certificate. Everyone is different and what works is different.

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Alib 11 months ago

My sister and mom didn't think I was faking but they did not understand. Mom would give me 1 aspirin and a hot-water bottle. I never even heard of Ibuprofen until I went college.

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Kat Hoth 11 months ago

Menstrual cramps are much worse than muscle cramps. I've had both. But the sympathy is appreciated.

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