(Wrote this a bit ago. Just getting around to publishing it.)
want you to know that as I write this, it is 4 o'clock in the morning.
If you know me, you know I am NEVER EVER awake at this time. However, I
simply can't sleep, so I figure I may as well write about why.
I am in a lot of pain; I'm on my period.
know some of you fellas might not want to know about this, but the
thing is, you really ought to. It may provide a little understanding
toward the fairer sex, and as I hope you know by this point, women like
to be understood and validated. (Everyone does, really.) I'm really not
sure why periods have been so taboo, even now, when we seem to talk
openly about pretty much everything. It's really quite silly since
almost every female between the ages of 12 and 55 goes through this
about every month. It's a normal and natural thing, so if you think it's
gross, you just have to get over it at some point or another. It may as
well be now.
So. Women have this approximately monthly
thing called a period. Basically what happens each month is a nice
nutrient-rich lining is created in the woman's uterus so that, should
impregnation occur, there is a healthy/comfy spot for a fetus to begin
growing. If it doesn't occur, then this lining is released during the
menstrual cycle. Biologically, this sounds like a great plan! However,
in practice, I think most women would attest that it's extremely sucky.
What it feels like is that my body is throwing a giant
temper tantrum because I didn't get pregnant. It hurts. Sometimes when
it's happening, I try to think of ways to describe it. "It feels like
someone is taking a sledgehammer to my insides." "It feels like someone
is taking my organs and squishing them in their fist." Here are some
other fabulous attempts at explaining the feeling of menstrual cramps.
are a real pain. And each of us women seem to experience periods
differently. Some of us don't have them to begin with. Those who train
very hard athletically or those who are underweight don't have periods.
For those that do, some feel more pain than others. Some breeze through
it while others seem to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. A
girl once told me that she threw up during her period every. single.
time. I can't even imagine.
The period lasts about 4-5
days, and the pain, in my opinion, is unpredictable. It's kind of off
and on for a couple of days at the start. This pain is normal but rather
inconvenient. During those couple of days, athletic endeavors (for me)
are avoided. Sometimes it makes it really hard to concentrate on things
or do work! Honestly, sometimes I just want to say heck with it and take
a sick day. Occasionally I do. Sometimes cramps really cramp our style.
Some women use birth control to regulate their periods and this
sometimes also alleviates pain. We can also take drugs like Midol, but
trust me, we can still feel what's happening.
there's the emotional side of the menstrual cycle. Some women don't
experience PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Others do. I find my emotions
are very near the surface sometimes, and when I take the time to think
it through, I can usually link it to my period. In the past,
occasionally I felt like I was going crazy! Like, really. It's not fun
to feel emotionally out of control. Luckily, as the years have gone on,
I've learned more about how to manage these physical and emotional
So anyway, I don't really want to go into any more details there. Just know that periods are painful and just