I was inspired by Bethan Taylor-Swaine to write this article as I go through my own menstrual pain every month. I’m lucky that my pain is not very painful at all. And even if it is I can buy my own Ibuprofen to deal with this. Some women are not so lucky and they have to deal with the excruiting pain month in month out.
There isn’t a lot of research done on this as many women suffer in silence.
What is period pain?
Period pain is when the muscles of the uterus contract to get rid of the lining that we don’t need. That pain can include cramping in the pelvic area. But some women experience heavier than others (adenomyosis which a condition that causes the cells to grow a lining in the uterus and outside of it). Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to ones found inside the uterus grows outside of it.
Why don’t women want to come forward and share their pain?
Maybe we are:
- too embarrassed to tell others about the pain. In a survey done by Flexx the tampon company, it is said that 73% of women don’t feel comfortable sharing with others.
- There isn’t a lot of research done on this so no one wants to come forward
- Its taboo to talk about it with anyone. For centuries we have learnt that it is taboo to talk about it. Not even our mums and grand mums talked this with anyone other than their daughters who are going through puberty.
- We feel embarrassed when we have our period. When I was young I did not want to do any sport or swimming when I have my period. Now its ok because I learnt to deal with it.
So how do we #mindthepaingap?
- Speak to your doctor about the period pain if it so bad
- Share your story on Instagram and on Facebook. The more people know about it the better and then it would be equally normal.
- Support businesses that support women’s health. Business like Swisse support women’s health
- If you are a man, educate yourself on women’s issues. There are lots of resources out there to help you do this.