Of all the evils in the world, the menstrual cycle has to be the most villainous. For about a week (or for some poor souls, a few days longer than that) our ovaries decide to drop an egg in hopes of making contact with sperm and possibly filling your womb with a baby. When that doesn’t happen, the egg gets absorbed back into the body and all hell breaks loose. You begin to shed the lining in your uterus, and aside from the pain which I can only describe as a football team running plays in my uterus, there are annoying things such as boobs, mood swings and occasional 12 a.m. Ben & Jerry’s binges that fall under the PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) umbrella.
Here are 13 things that happen during a woman’s period:
1. When you make plans to go out and live life but mother nature is at home making other plans like…
2. And by other plans, I mean doing this to all of your cute underwear
3. The bad news — swollen boobs. The good news? Swollen boobs.
4. When this gif gives you more warning than your cramps
5. When the pain is too unbearable but you still have to go to work
5. Because even if it’s 2 a.m. and I’m hungry…
6. When you start thinking about your life on a deeper level to figure out why you deserve this
7. When you just can’t
8. When the struggle becomes too real
9. When your hormones make you crazy
10. And then you have to apologize for being crazy but you feel like people should just understand.
11. When you’re just having a normal conversation and can’t keep it together
12. When the week is almost up and you get back to running ’round the city with your woes.
13. When you have to make up for all those days spent in leggings and sweats at all costs
The truth is no matter how many periods women go through in a lifetime, it will never be okay. We won’t excitedly plan out our period panties for the week. And contrary to popular belief and those annoying tampon commercials, the older I get, the less cartwheeling on the beach I’m likely to do. However, for some of us our periods mean one thing:
And that’s worth it all!
If you’re currently on your period and not completely terrified of having children, here’s something to set those ovaries ablaze.