There's more to menstruation than monthly blood flow and I can't deal!

This is no news and it may feel like a rant but I cannot help but put this down. I really get mad if anyone assumes that the way ladies react when experience menstrual cramps is unnecessary. That's a terrible thing to say. It's said that only the one who wears the shoe knows where it hurts and that's true. Cramping can be so intense. Most times I keep wondering why I get punished for not being pregnant because that's truly what it feels like.

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The cravings that come with menstruation are crazy but bearable. You long for weird foods at weird hours. I could wake up at 2am and toss in bed just because I'm craving shawarma from my favourite eatery. This eatery might be 3 states away from me but that's just what I want. It's crazy to have your body pushing you to do things you wouldn't do normally. Again, this is bearable.

The mood swings! Anytime I'm close to my period, I try to make sure that I have enough money to get myself most if not all the things I'd be craving. This kind of makes me feel much better. But you see a situation where a lady is menstruating and she's broke? I don't wish that on anyone. Normally the mood swings will be there but it's worse when you're broke because I get angry and snap at the slightest discomfort.

Energy drainage is another reason why I don't like menstruation. During menstruation I always feel like a kryptonite is used in drawing my energy magically. I can always imagine it diffusing out of me and getting into the kryptonite. I once fell trying to carry a bucket of water to the bathroom. I get really sleepy and lazy about everything. I always end up with a pile of unfinished work at the end of it, then I'll try to use a day to finish up all that I left undone because of the "ladies sickness".

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They've been cases where I've had to skip school because of cramps. Sometimes if a lady is experiencing a heavy flow she has to keep going to the restroom to monitor the progress so she could change her pad immediately if it's full.

I see some pad producing brands advertising how comfortable ladies will feel when they use a certain pad. The Always brand has this slogan that says "eight hours, no check no stain". I don't know if it's just me or other ladies do agree that this is barely true because menstruation keeps me at edge. I'm always conscious, I put on dark coloured clothes to prevent exposure if I'm stained. I always have to check if the lines of my pad are outlined on my dress. This isn't comfort to me.

The body differences that come with menstruation too. Larger, sensitive breasts, sometimes bloating and purging, fever, headaches… It's too much. Some people rely solely on meds to get through this period every month and that's not nice. It's terrible that when a lady is menstruating it's trouble, when she gets pregnant it's equally more trouble, likeeee! This should be enough rant. I just wish there was an easier way. But then… but then… I wouldn't choose to be a man in the next life😅 I'll survive this, I'm surviving already.

This is my response on this week's Weekend Experiences prompt, option four.

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About The Author

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I am a witty, adventurous and nicheless writer who loves to sing, take pictures, teach and travel. I am currently an English Education student at the University of Nigeria Nsukka. I am also a young children's teacher who homeschools kids during holidays. I love to share my life experiences through writing with the hope of inspiring as many people as possible on the Hive space.



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It seems you read my mind, I was about to share my experience too, menstrual cramps aren't funny at all.

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I guess I can consider myself lucky for not experiencing cramps but one certain time when I did, the feeling was horrible.

As females, we barely get a few normal days every month and it's insane.

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Totally insane! I've been lucky lately too. The cramps come easy now.

Another issue I forgot to mention are the lengthy periods. 6-8 days. Ladies do go through these things for real!

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It's good that we're equipped enough to go through these and not be put down.

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Agree.
I'm having premenstrual syndrome now and it doesn't feel good. I like this honest writing.
Tahnkyou for sharing, @didiee

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I couldn't help but be honest this time. We're all grown here and can manage some truths.

I'm sorry about that. I hope you feel better soon. Thank you for reading through.

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Some tips to help you...

  1. The lack of energy is sometimes caused by LOW IRON. Many women become anemic during menstruation, so if you double up on iron-rich foods, that can help.

  2. Bananas have high potassium and magnesium, and can calm those cramps down a lot. Generally, foods that have have high potassium and magnesium can.

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Yh this is incredibly true , can't withstand the pains most times ,the mood swings, the pimples most especially 😟😔
But all the same we've got to bear it

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Oh yeah! The pimples. I totally forgot this particular symptom. You have your face looking all crazy😂
We will get through it all.

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I really hope so , it's always so annoying having pimples all round 😌

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I don't get cramps during menstruation, but I get nauseous like I feel my energy leaving me from head down, then all I see is green (not black). I used to stay in the clinic when I'm on my period. Thank you for sharing this relatable experience. How I wish women are given more care and understanding regarding this. We are not overreacting!

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We are not overreacting!

Not at all! And I hope people who can't relate atleast understand that.

You get nauseous? You see? So many different reactions for one supposedly simple menstruation! Is it necessary? 😭

We all will be alright. Thank you for dropping your comment.

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A very sincere post!, which women understand and can confirm!, Just like you, I would not change the fact of being a woman for this!, If they gave me a choice, without a doubt, I would say that I want to be a woman again 😅!. Have a nice day ☀️ @didiee.

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Haha 😂😂😂
I'm of the opinion that the male gender have their own fair share of stress so I don't wish to be another person. I'm glad we have a common goal - to still choose the female gender.
Thank you for comment. Have a lovely weekend @schiogonzalez

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Thank goodness now of an age to say that is done with forever!

Remembering back to my high school Std 6 and 7 in a bright yellow summer uniform with the girls having to hide their embarrassment more often than not. We never had the fancy stick on panty pads of today, you wore a girdle with with wire hangers to secure the pads they too cut into your skin.

Then we get down to the nitty gritty of doing compulsory school sport, Oh boy not sure how we survived yet we did!

Great answer !LADY

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Thank goodness now of an age to say that is done with forever!

Oh wow! What can I say? I'll get there too in due time 😅

We never had the fancy stick on panty pads of today, you wore a girdle with with wire hangers to secure the pads they too cut into your skin.

Really? Never could have thought.

Then we get down to the nitty gritty of doing compulsory school sport, Oh boy not sure how we survived yet we did!

Imagine 😭😭 Women are really strong beings.

Great answer !LADY

Thank you so much @joanstewart. Have a lovely weekend.

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