Explaining periods to men is hard. And weird. And confusing.
I've been fortunate that a lot of my previous S.O.s have been really interested about periods (as in-- they are curious!), ask about it, and supportive of my hormone rages.
But when trying to explain what a period cramps feel like? Yikes, that's where things get messy.
Here are some ways that I've heard men try to explain the pain of cramps.
It feels like there's a bunch of water sloshing around in your stomach.
And then it comes out right?
It feels like you overdid it on the crunches.
Like it was ab day or something yeah?
It feels like being punched in the stomach.
Well yes, we do double-over in pain very often.
It feels like your insides are melting.
Well, sort've melting, sort've just rejecting your body.
It feels like little gnomes doing construction on your insides.
I tend to agree with this one the most... Because I like the idea of elves working inside me.
In reality, periods suck. But they are different for all women. Sometimes it's a combination of bad nausea, sometimes tight pinching feel, sometimes you feel like a bloated walrus. But asking questions to understand is always appreciated and respected!