Is Your Period As Painful As a Heart Attack? You Might Have This Condition
The world is generally getting more comfortable with the fact that a big chunk of the population menstruates. From companies coming up with pretty innovative period tools to make that time of the month suck less to paid period leave in the workplace potentially becoming a thing, we don’t often have to suffer in silence anymore. But one thing that still isn’t talked about quite enough is how freakin’ painful periods are.
Even though the condition is extreme, it’s actually very common — if you’re suffering from period pain so bad it interferes with your life, you might have dysmenorrhea yourself. But despite how common it is, there’s a pretty big gap in understanding in the medical community on what to do about this kind of pain. Unfortunately, the perception that painful periods are normal means that there isn’t much research into how to treat them.
“Once I started talking about period pain, I learned I’m not the only one who puts up with this discomfort and confusion,” writer Olivia Goldhill wrote for Quartz. “Around half a dozen friends told me that they’d had similarly frustrating experiences — that they’d been shoved on birth control indefinitely, been prescribed Prozac to deal with their monthly bouts of depression, suffered through migraines and even vomiting whenever they had their period. The symptoms were diverse, but these stories all had one key thing in common: No one seemed able to get clear answers from their doctors.”
Eesh. It seems like until doctors devote research time to this condition and figure it out, we’re stuck trying out all kinds of natural remedies.
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