This is a really really REALLY important point. As someone who does have a chronic condition, every male doctor I see says “Are you sure it’s not just your period” yet every female doctor instantly takes me seriously. I mean for fucks sake, do these doctors really think we can’t tell the difference between other health issues and periods+pmt? Sorry for the swears there, but this is serious and needs a signal boost because it will happen and it helps being a bit more prepared for it for when it does. /rant
- Blood comes out of your vagina for anywhere from 3-7 days
- That blood you lose can be around 4 tablespoons to a cup
- a cup of blood, vaginal mucus, and endometrial tissue
- You get cramps that will make you cry. You can vomit and/or pass out from them
- You will get horrible mood swings
- You get headaches
- Your breasts hurt so bad sometimes you can’t even touch them
- You get acne everywhere
- Your actual vagina could be sore
- Your feel constantly tired
- You have a constant fear of soaking through your pad/tampon
- You can’t lay a certain way in bed
- You take pill after pill and it still doesn’t help
- You bloat and gain weight
- You might have anemia (iron deficiency) which can not clot your blood causing so much blood loss it’ll be deadly
- You never feel full
- Everything irritates you
- You will cry a lot
- Once you get up in the morning, your center of gravity has shifted and all the blood settling in you during the night will now rush out of you causing you to clench your legs tightly to avoid leaking
- You get made fun of for having a period ?////?/?/
- You’re forced to go to school/work
- You get told that you’re overreacting
but ya know, fixing your dick discreetly in public is bad too
And for bonus fun, a great many of the listed symptoms could actually be caused by something else - but you may never know, thanks to the fact that, in female patients, everything from celiac disease to cancer is routinely misdiagnosed as menstrual discomfort.
Consider menstrual cramps, for example: according to some estimates, only about a third of women actually suffer from them. Their apparent prevalence is exaggerated by the presence of women who suffer from chronic pain because of something completely different - something that will likely never correctly be diagnosed because many doctors leap at the chance to dismiss a female patient’s concerns as menstruation-related (and therefore “normal” and not worth treating).
Indeed, there are a number of very serious conditions - some of them potentially fatal - for which women are less than half as likely as men to receive correct diagnosis and subsequent treatment due to being told that they’re just on their period.
"What’s so bad about periods"?
… Is it bad that I’m now looking up how much it’ll cost me to see McBusted in Sheffield? Cos really, I can’t explain how happy the children in need set made me
How odd. Often I go for weeks without endorsing infantilised feminine power figures.
I liked the Kate Laird All Hallow’s Read drawing: it didn’t strike me as being a sexualised lolita image: it’s a poster of a little girl dressed as a witch, reading a book on a tombstone, in a fan-based grass roots movement to get people, particularly children, to read on and around Hallowe’en. Seemed perfectly on-message to me. Your mileage, obviously, may vary, and does, but you should be aware that there are other points of view than your own, and they might also be valid.
I don’t recommend role models. It’s much wiser to do what you feel is right.
Okay…. this question had to be in reaction to one of these two pictures.
Seriously how the fuck are those anti-feminist?
You can’t draw women as young anymore without it being “infantilized feminine power figures”