Periods are really not that bad. At worst, they’re an inconvenience. You’re a little uncomfortable, your stomach might hurt every now and then, you could feel a bit down or cranky, but that’s it. I’m sick to death of hearing people complain about the unbearable pain and agony they suffer through every month. If your period and the symptoms that come with it are truly so bad that you are literally unable to move or are throwing up, GO TO THE DOCTOR. Your period is not compulsory, you can go on the pill or other medications to control it or block it altogether. And quit campaigning that women should get the days of their period off school or work - women have been getting on with their lives, period or no period, literally since the beginning of man.
Also, stop complaining about ruined clothes - BLOOD RINSES OUT IN COLD WATER.
you tell that to the people who have PCOS
"IT DOESN’T HAPPEN TO ME, SO CLEARLY THESE OTHER WOMEN ARE LYING ABOUT THEIR HORRIBLE AGONY!”
This is hilarious.
And yeah, why don’t you come say that to someone with PCOS? We’d have some lovely words.
Five bucks says this was written by a dude. Because, holy crap, I can’t believe another chick would be that insensitive about something a friend of hers most likely goes through.
My period a few months ago was literally so horrible that I had to crawl on the floor to get around the house and I was sweating because of how much pain I was in, even WITH STRONG PAINKILLERS. Wow.
“Your period is not compulsory, you can go on the pill or other medications to control it or block it altogether”
EXCEPT SO MANY POLITICIANS ARE TRYING TO KEEP US FROM GETTING THE MEDICINE THAT HELPS US BECAUSE THEY THINK IT PROMOTES PROMISCUITY AND BAD MORALS.
Why the FUCK do you think that women fight so hard for birth control pills? And for it to be covered by health insurance? Not only is it our fucking choice on if we want to have sex or not, but without birth control, I am in AGONY for 3-4 days out of 7 and cannot go past an hour without needing to go to the bathroom to change things.
I’m lucky enough that birth control controls my period. I don’t have any conditions like PCOS that make my period worse, I’m just on the end spectrum of “your period is normal, but its gunna suck” For others, they need birth control so that it doesn’t feel like someone’s ripping their uterus out and gnawing on it and instead feels more like someone just stabbing them repeatedly so that they can THEN go on heavy painkillers to try and deal with the pain. Also, side note: most side effects of heavy painkillers make you seriously groggy and they don’t want you to drive.
Another side note, my roommate has epilepsy. Now i don’t know jack squat about epilepsy, but she’s told me that sometimes her cramps are so bad that it can trigger a seizure. She’s woken up a couple of times from the pain, only to have a seizure and throw up. If you knew this was a possibility, would you go outside where this could potentially happen in front of a lot of people/on stairs/WHILE DRIVING or would you take a day off and do your work at home where you can better control it? Periods don’t just cause cramps and whatever, they can trigger other conditions to act up as well WHICH CAN BE SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS.
Pretend women have completely free access to birth control and its covered by health insurance. My roommate can’t use traditional birth control because it completely negates her seizure meds, so there’s drug interactions that women have to deal with too. What if you’re allergic to the medicine? What if it causes even WORSE side effects than the symptoms you had before?
I’m not even going to bother explaining how “feeling a little cranky” begins to cover it. Periods mean hormone surges which means various mood swings as your body balances everything out to make sure that your uterus is functioning properly. Hormone surges affect moods. Some girls get more of a surge than others. Some girls are just more sensitive to these hormonal changes than others.
Most of the time us “feeling a little cranky” is us flabbergasted at the absolute ignorance that people like you have and the rage at the “oh you’re mad, you must be on your period” like our anger is only justified if we’re on our period and isn’t valid (but thats a whole other issue)
As for blood rinses out in cold water? How about when you leak onto your jeans in the first hour of school? Are you suggesting that I go to the bathroom and rinse out my jeans on cold water, and then go to class the rest of the day with a WET CROTCH? Because I’m not gunna have enough time to sit with my pants under the hand dryer until they dry.
Blood doesn’t even always rinse out in cold water, more just rinses out in cold water. It depends on the fabric, and you have to rinse it RIGHT AWAY. Most of the time girls wake up with their periods, after the blood has been there for HOURS. So there’s underwear, pants and potentially sheets stained because you didn’t even know your period even started.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that in order to keep the blood clean and off clothes is that we have to buy expensive pads or tampons, which are either basically diapers that you have to sit in and feel like you pissed yourself all day and worry about leaking, or a wad of cotton that you shove up in your vagina and worry about leaking.
And yes, women have been “getting on with life” for as long as we’ve had periods, because we’re BADASSES. We are TOUGH and we are STRONG. But women in the past have also wanted to take breaks due to periods. Don’t try and fool yourself into thinking that in the past women were just like “Oh it appears i’ve gotten my period” because a spot of red appeared on their undergarments AND THATS IT. No. They went through the same thing but most of the time had to be like “well FUCK” and tough out the day, and then cry from the pain in private. They would want a break then just as much as we do now.
Before making sweeping statements like this, why don’t you crack open a human repro book and actually look at the female side of it, and all of the problems and complications of periods that are DOCUMENTED.
And if you are a female instead of a male, OP, count yourself blessed that you think periods are easy to deal with. You could have had it so much worse.
Reblogging again because YO^^^
Also, the whole “just go to the bathroom” and “you shouldn’t get the day off from school/work” shit?
A friend of mine worked at a job where they weren’t (by company policy) allowed to take breaks between 10am and 2pm. You know what happened when she was on her period while at work? She got fucking Toxic Shock Syndrome from her tampon and is medically barred from using them now because once you get it you’re at a significantly higher chance of getting it again and again and again far easily than the first time.
What’s worse is that TSS symptoms are hard to notice- especially for women* who have severe side effects of menstruation or already existing conditions which regularly give them similar side effects.
- low blood pressure
- muscle aches
- redness of eyes, mouth, and throat
The fucking site I got those symptoms off of? Flat fucking lists, at the bottom:
You might attribute symptoms of toxic shock syndrome to another medical condition, such as the flu.
Toxic Shock Syndrome can fucking kill you. It can shut down every organ in your body and fucking kill you. And TSS is just ONE risk that can come from having a menstrual cycle, and that’s not including the fact that women* are at a significantly higher risk of actually contracting other illnesses (like STD’s, or even something like the Flue, or a minor infection) wile menstruating.
So please. Please fucking tell me more about how ridiculous it is to ask for a few days off while you’re having your period when most side effects of menstruation include:
- Fluid retention
- Weight Gain
- Fatigue and/or Insomnia; Trouble Sleeping
- Higher susceptibility to sickness and infection
- Abdominal/ Stomach pain and cramping
- General back and body pain
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Difficulty remembering or concentrating
- Cold Sweats
- Appetite changes and/or Food cravings
- Heartburn and Indigestion
- Loss of sex drive
- Mood swings - aggression, depression, anxiety, tension, irritability, crying spells, hyperactivity, etc.
These are symptoms that even having one or two would bar you from working due to increased health risks (like you are legally not supposed to work your shift if you have diarrhea and work in the food industry). Others are symptoms like one would have with the flu or food poisoning, and would knock someone on their ass and remove them from work, school, and even socializing for a while- even when the illness isn’t fucking contagious.
Most women* will go through a sizable portion of that list in a single fucking cycle- with or without having an illnesses like Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. But gods fucking forbid we uterus bearers dare fucking complain or say a fucking thing.
We’re obviously over fucking reacting, right?
It can’t be that bad, right?
If it is we should just go to the hospital, right?
Even though most of us have, and medically we’re just fucking fine- being a woman just fucking sucks once a month for seven fucking days.
And then there’s the fact that birth control is only really effective as long as the person is under 165 pounds. Science can’t figure out why yet, but the effectiveness of birth control is significantly decreased in patients who are 165 pounds or heavier and they don’t know how to solve this. Meaning that birth control you’re touting about being able to “fix” things doesn’t work as well as it should for a good portion of the female population due to unknown reasons determined by the weight of the patient.
And then there’s the fact that using methods which prevent you from having your cycle at all is actually seriously unhealthy and can lead to potentially long term side effects including increased severity of symptoms and heavier flows when you stop using that method. And those who do use methods which relegate their cycles to once a year or otherwise alter the natural cycle of the individual often experience increase severity of symptoms and heavier flows when they do have their cycles, even while actively using their method.
And then there’s the fact that some people can’t even take certain methods due to health conditions which are hormone-sensitive (dealing with Estrogen). I can’t take your standard dual hormone methods (Nuva Ring, The Patch, etc) because I have a history of Migraines with Auric Disruption. This not only means that dual hormone methods put me at an increased chance of heart attack or stroke on top of the risk you get from using birth control in the first place… It also means that none of the single-hormone and non-hormone birth control methods available to me are capable of regulating my cycle or decreasing my symptoms (which cover 90% of that list up there each cycle).
So again, fuck you.
reblogged for truth. so much truth in the comments