“It’s that time of the month” ….
Personally I hate this phrase… like honestly I call it what it is, no reason to be embarrassed by it, it’s a fact of life and natural part of life and I am not ashamed that at this point in time I do indeed have my period/I am menstruating . Now this being said if you came up to me on the street it’s not like I’ll be like, “Hi my Name is ____ and right now I have my period.”
Now even though I am not embarrassed by my period it’s not like I’m best friend with it either. I have the pleasure of being in extreme pain “at that time of the month” I’m talking back pain to the nines that even some prescription pills don’t make go away, not only back pain but crazy intense cramping as well. Basically at least for 2/5 days I am bed ridden or walking around like there is a stick up my ass. This happens more often than not and seriously messes up my day! Take today for example, I feel like complete shit, back pain makes me immobile and the cramps are not helping. Also on my period I am either super hungry like im high or something, OR I feel like throwing up all the time. I was supposed to work today and there is a social committee meeting this shift, which i will be unable to attend, which seriously pisses me off! Now I know I can skip menstruating by using birth control pills/patches/needles but I choose not to. Not because I enjoy the pain, but because there are side effects from doing this, and because I had an extremely tough time finding a pill that actually worked for me, both regulating my cycle and reduce cramping. I have “skipped” once or twice and there were no severe side effects. Now I have tried everything from reducing salt and sugar in my diet to ease the cramping pain, as well as prescription pain pills and changing my birth control pill. Sometimes a cycle is better than another, but not always (or today), hence the title of this post.
I guess the purpose for this post is my rant about how sometimes even though your period is “supposed to be a beautiful thing” and you should be proud of becoming a woman, which I agree with, I would like to reiterate my earlier point, WE ARE NOT BEST FRIENDS. I don’t choose to go to a dance or dinner with Aunt Flow on a regular basis, honestly I wish I could push a button and be like ok awesome I’m not pregnant I have my period, and then re-push the button and its done. Wouldn’t that make life so much easier? Save money on tampons, pads and maybe even sheets when that inevitable leak comes to call?!?! Honestly I think that in a way you could tie menstruating into the strength factor os women over men. Granted certain ways one gender usually trumps the other. But I think that women being blessed with the ability to have children is both awesome and at times unforgivably painful.
Dear Men: Yes we want you to sympathize, but in no way does that mean using the phrase, “I know how you must feel, getting hit in the balls hurts bad too”. Now I realize that these two are incomparable painful feelings. First because a man will never experience a period and a woman will never experience being hit in the balls, but for my comfort here I am going to say that period cramps and everything painful that comeswith it is similar in the respect of pain, but that is where the similarity ends. I think that in some ways getting hit in the balls would be a walk in the park compared to what I go through on a monthly basis. This being said I would still like you to rub my back, offer me tea and massage me feet to try to help me with the pain I am currently in, but please do not compare the pain to what you think it would be like, and I promise I wont either. And yes I’ll try to make you feel better if you get hit in the balls and I am there… LOVE YOU :)