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.
Do you think you might have dysmenorrhea? Tweet us about your experiences @BritandCo!
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!