Doctors reveal menstrual cramps can be as painful as heart attacks

By Stephanie Nuzzo March 9, 2018
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As long as there have been women, there have been periods and the cramps that go along with them… there also have been people standing by (many of whom don’t even have uteruses), telling them that their pain can’t be thaaaattt bad. 

Despite the fact that it’s pretty baffling that anyone could possibly feel like they have the knowledge or the right to comment on another person’s pain without ever having experienced it themselves, arguments on the severity of the pain of menstrual cramps tend to pop up (like nasty, trivialising, weeds) all too often. 

Well, now we have medical proof that these cramps are no joke (tell women something we don’t know). 

Frank Tu, director of gynaecological pain at NorthShore University HealthSystem, spoke with Quartz about the agony women can suffer in every single month, explaining that he’s had patients endure pain “almost as bad as having a heart attack”

Yes, that’s right. The pain has been compared to a heart attack

The medical term for menstrual cramps is called dysmenorrhea. There is very little information around about the medical reason behind the cramps and while a small number of women can link their pain back to endometriosis (another incredibly painful condition which comes from the growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus) for the majority, there is no real explanation that can be offered. 

Now, while this may not be the case for all women – some lucky ladies live with periods that are nothing more than mildly annoying – there are plenty who have to live in crippling pain for hours at a time, every damn month. 

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For this reason, Twitter all but exploded with passionate messages as soon as news broke that a medical professional had finally publicly recognised their pain.

While all of this doesn't make the experience of living with severe pain any better, at least it will hopefully help improve the way we talk about period pain in day-to-day conversations.

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