Period Cramps can be almost as painful as a heart attack — according to a professor of reproductive health — confirming what woman already knew forever.
@LindaAfya tweeted, “When it takes a man to confirm that cramps are as painful as a heart attack as if we haven’t been experiencing it for years."
Professor John Guillebaud form University College London is calling for more research to treat menstrual pain, which affects 20% of women every month. Doctors confirmed there have been few studies done and the lack of understanding means some women aren’t diagnosed with more serious conditions like endometriosis — a disorder which causes severe pain during menstruation.
Some countries, including India, Zambia and Italy allow women to take menstrual leave and have time off to recover during their monthly cycle. In light of all this, women are taking to the Internet to join doctors in demanding people take their pain seriously.
@LongsPeak14259 tweeted, “I never could get any doctor to listen to my issues. I did not want to be on hormones for decades, and being on the pill did not really help much. I think that was the most frustrating part, petting people to recognize what you go through.”
@_miciagirl tweeted, “I got fired from a job because I called off every cycle. My manager told me to come anyway once and I did to prove my point. And I couldn’t work.”