Doctors Say Period Cramps Are As Painful As A Heart Attack Even Though Women Have Been Saying This Forever And No One Believed Us

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Doctors Say Period Cramps Are As Painful As A Heart Attack Even Though Women Have Been Saying This Forever And No One Believed Us

"When it takes a man to confirm cramps are painful, as if we haven't been experiencing it for years."

Published March 1, 2018

Most women know the classes and education you receive on the menstruation cycle can never prepare you for the debilitating cramps you may experience during your time of the month. Period cramps often keep women bed ridden, yet it has never been treated as a serious medical condition, well not until a bunch of male doctors finally agreed with us. 

In a recent report by Quartz, John Guillebaud, a professor of reproductive health at University College London, said his patients described menstrual cramps, or Dysmenorrhea as it's technically called, were "almost as bad as having a heart attack."

  1. Guillebaud's "revelation" was discussed in an article by Marie Claire
  2. And women everywhere were like "wow, you don't say"
  3. In reality, the pain felt by women and our description of that pain has always been questioned
  4. Of course there were men who doubted the claims
  5. Which prompted women to back up the claims with receipts
  6. Maybe now women can finally get paid time off and people will believe us when we cancel plans because of cramping

Written by Rachel Herron

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