It’s Not All In Your Head: Periods Can Hurt As Bad As A Heart Attack


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.