You know the kind – you’re doubled over in pain, which somehow manages to extend all the way around to your thighs and lower back. Every muscle in your abdomen tenses, as you try in vain to fend off what feels like you’re being repeatedly punched and kicked in the stomach. You’ve probably spent sleepless nights huddled over a toilet bowl as the nausea sets in. Oh, and this is all after you’ve popped a couple of painkillers. The best part though, is that it happens once a month. Something to look forward to.
Welcome to womanhood. It’s a special kind of hell men will never truly understand, which explains why we’ve been putting up with PMS jokes since the beginning of time. PMS is no joke, people. In fact, it’s as painful as a heart attack. Literally.
According to ELLE UK, professor of reproductive health at University College London, John Guillebaud, has conducted a study which proves menstrual cramps – more formally known as dysmenorrhea – are “almost as bad as having a heart attack”. See, we told you we weren’t be overly dramatic, John.