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How often do you feel listened to when you have to speak to your doctor about period pain? Do you get good responses, maybe you have a doctor who has kept up with modern research or who may have a uterus themselves? Or do you find yourself hobbling out of the clinic with a prescription for a pain killer that you can't drive on, a prescription for birth control regardless if you are trying to stop pregnancy or not, and medical cert for that one day of work you missed even though you feel like you need a week off. Rest up. Yep, thanks.
When issues arise around the uterus and surrounding reproductive and sexual organs, it is no longer just as small as a stubbed toe or a toothache. Pain that lasts for minutes, for hours, for days. Inability to move into any other shape than fetal. Accompanying signs and symptoms that debilitate you, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea. And not to mention the physiological and emotional side. Having these uncontrollable feelings of anger, saddens, low self esteem, hatred, frustrations, oh man the frustration, all the while being labeled as a 'moody bitch' or nastily being asked if you are on your 'rags' again.
Women's health has been around for as long as women walked, but the light that needs to shine on it is only just pointing in our direction. Gabrielle Jackson points out that "For much of documented history, women have been excluded from medical and science knowledge production, so essentially we’ve ended up with a healthcare system, among other things in society, that has been made by men for men". Health issues such as endometriosis has generally been dismissed as 'just normal pain'. I'm sorry, period pain may be common, but it sure is not normal. 'Have a baby, that'll fix the pain', great, so we have to fulfill what is seen as a women's role so that we can live a pain free life? Perfect for those who want or can have a babe. Are you going to tell a 17 year old girl that? No, of course not, just whack her on an oral contraceptive, which has a pamphlet inside the box with a huge list of side effects. Band-aid solution. Good.
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