While some women see their periods pass with nothing more than a twinge, others experience debilitating agony. Surviving this period pain is rarely given the respect and understanding it deserves, by medical professionals nor members of the public.
That certainly explains why a professor’s 2016 comments comparing menstrual cramps to the pain experienced during a heart attack have gotten so much attention.
The quote was featured in an article on Quartz, in which a professor of reproductive health at University College London, John Guillebaud, said that patients have described the cramping pain as “almost as bad as having a heart attack”.
The story has prompted many women to share their experience with period pain, and, of course, many men to make ignorant comments.
When I was in 7th grade getting ready for school-I was knocked down from the pain to the floor-I couldn't even stand.
I was crying for my mother; she had to literally carry me upstairs to my bedroom and lay me down.
Least to say, I didn't make it to school that day nor the next
— Cöet Vooruit (@CoetVooruit) February 28, 2018