First of all, I’m thankful to be have the monthly visits from Aunt Flow. It means that my body is normal and it means that I can, God willing, have kids, should I choose to one day.
What I can’t stand is the sheer pain. I’ve had dysmenorrhoea for the longest time. In my teens I’d be taking days off school. Doctors and every woman I spoke to said that things will get better as I get older. Lies!
Now I take a day off work every month. One day, every month. 12 days a year. Just to sit. Literally. For 18 hours straight. In the same chair. Craughing* from time to time. Moving only to visit the toilet or to get a drink (no appetite for the day).
On the good side, these recurrent episodes of torture has caused me to develop an incredible tolerance to pain. My mum says that her labour pains were nothing spectacular compared to her period pains. I hope this holds true for me too.
Still I look forward to months where I no longer have to reschedule my timetable or refuse an invitation because I’m Sorry, I have to sit On my chair for 18 hours STRAIGHT today.
*Craughing(part sobbing cry, part hysterical laugh) is my coping mechanism to deal with extreme pain or stressful situations.
How bad do I want this?
I’d give up coffee for this. (Come to think of it, I have tried giving up coffee for this…)