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What a Woman's Menstrual Cycle Is REALLY Like

woman with cramps

While there are plenty of things to celebrate when it comes to womanhood, we can all pretty much agree that dealing with our periods is (sometimes literally) a huge pain in the butt.

Sure, certain times of the month aren't "too" terrible -- but there are definitely times during our approximately 28-day menstrual cycle where it's almost like we become possessed or something.

Actually, most of us take on quite a few different personalities over the course of any given month. The progression goes a little something like this.

Your period is finally over and you totally do a happy dance. You're in the clear for a few days at least.

Elaine Seinfeld

But then you start ovulating again and Mittelschmerz pain kicks in and you're all ... "Why me?!?"


And if having an aching side isn't bad enough, a few days later, you notice your boobs are sore, and you just want to crawl into a hole somewhere.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

The pain starts to subside a little -- but then all of a sudden, you can't stand anyone or anything, and you feel like you totally suck at life. PMS is such a bitch ... and so are you.

bitchy gif

Yet another symptom of PMS rears her ugly head. Yep ... hunger you just can't seem to satisfy. All you can think about is food. And all you do is eat.

woman eating ice cream

A couple days later, you're so bloated that even your fat pants are a bit too snug.

Rachel McAdams

And then you wake up the next morning after barely getting a wink of sleep and realize your husband forgot to take out the trash. The monster is officially unleashed.

tina fey

And then the unthinkable happens. Aunt Flo arrives two days early and you ruin your favorite pair of underwear.

upset woman

And if that isn't bad enough, the cramps are so bad that you start having flashbacks of giving birth.

Kristen Stewart

But just when you think you can't possibly take anymore, you're able to make the switch to light absorbency tampons and you breathe a sigh of relief.

Sarah Chalke gif

And then you hop on the scale after your last flow day and realize you're down two pounds. You're all, "I'm sexy and I know it."


But then you repeat the whole process again about a week later, which is a total buzz kill.

Yeah. Being a woman really sucks ... like most of the time.

What do you hate most about your period?


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Mrscj... Mrscjones

After I had my son and they corrected my uterus my period has been no where near that bad. Being a woman rocks. It only sucks if you allow it.

Siste... Sisteract

I love that it's gone-

Kmakk... Kmakksmom

I only get it for a couple days now. I'm okay with that. It's the last week before that I don't like. I try to keep my roar to a minimum.

ceciliam ceciliam

Eh, it is what it is. I like it because then I know I'm not pregnant. wink

Mistr... MistressMinerva

I had a hysterectomy when I was 32 so I don't have one anymore.

LaniBee LaniBee

I'll be happier when it's gone for good!

slw123 slw123

Mine isn't too bad.  I mean, I could totally live without it, but overall I don't have too many issues.

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