Category Archives: Menstrual Pain

Which is Worse: Period Cramps or “Man Flu”?

One of my brothers (who is in his early twenties) wakes up looking like he is dying every morning. His “man flu” symptoms are all either self-caused or in his head: he has late nights and he eats junk food all the time – of … Continue reading

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An Ode to Period Cramps!

The video below is a hilarious (and oh-too-true) song about menstrual pain! It is a parody of The Cranberries “Zombie” song. Lyrics are below the video for you to sing along

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Most Effective Treatments for Menstrual Pain

Painful menstruation is the leading cause of lost time from school and work among women in their teens and 20s. “Dysmenorrhea” (the medical term for pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities) affects about 25% of women, and about 65-90% … Continue reading

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Sleep Pattern in People with Menstrual Pain

My menstrual cramps often wake me up in the early hours of the morning when I am trying to sleep. Apparently REM sleep is associated with increased uterine activity – menstrual cramps may be stronger and more painful during REM … Continue reading

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Does exercise reduce period pain?

Girls and women have been told for years that exercising will reduce their period pain. Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins act as a natural pain killer – however the actual research on whether exercise can help with menstrual cramps has been … Continue reading

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Menstrual problems in the workplace (and at school)

Many girls & women have very difficult periods every month, yet still have to go to school or work and pretend that ‘everything’s fine’. In the following video clip, Swedish hostess Eva Nazemson throws up (twice) in the middle of a live … Continue reading

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PMS vs. period pain

“PMS” (pre-menstrual syndrome) seems fairly rare to me (nobody I know has told me that they experience it) yet I hear PMS mentioned much more frequently than period pain. Perhaps PMS is discussed more frequently than period pain because the emotional symptoms … Continue reading

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My Periods (Teenage Years)

Age 13. One of the girls in my class goes around asking all the other girls whether they’ve had their “TOM” yet. We all say, “Yes.” I only got mine 3 months ago, so I’m relieved that I’m now able … Continue reading

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