Finally! A man has reported that period pain is as “almost as bad as having a heart attack.”

The man in question is John Guillebaud, Professor of reproductive health and University College London, who told Quartz that patients have described the pain as being bad as a restriction on blood flowing to your goddamn heart.

Of course, women have had their pain dismissed by the medical profession since time immemorial, so while this is a great step forward for the medical community to acknowledge the serious pain some women deal with on a month-to-month basis, for many, the resounding response was “duh”.

Women are now sharing their experiences with debilitating menstrual pain. One woman even said that she didn’t realise she was going into labour because hey, it wasn’t nearly as painful as her period pain.

This one has almost 6,000 retweets, btw.

While I personally have been extremely fortunate in not experiencing the absolute worst of period pains, others in the office aren’t so lucky.

Multimedia Writer Courtney Fry told me that on multiple occasions has passed out or nearly passed out. One time in a former role, she forced herself to go to work because as freelancer, she didn’t get sick days.

“I went from feeling kind of shitty to curled up in a ball in a sweat, breathing through waves of searing, crippling pain,” she said. A colleague drove her home and she “almost simultaneously threw up and shit myself from the pain. As soon as I got home I threw up and put myself to bed for the rest of the day.”

It’s ~cool~ to be a woman!!

Image: Carrie