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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!

How would you describe the feeling??

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doing too many crunches is actually a pretty good analogy, since a lot of the pain is from your muscles working overtime. It's just a little bit deeper. Though a lot of people also get dehydration and anaemia, which gan give you kind of flu-like symptoms. If it is giving you crippling pain though see a doctor!!! It really shouldn't be like that and it could be a symptom of something really wrong.
@RafaelRese18 hahaha my family is equal with guy to girl ratio so we tend to balance each other out with the crazy week. I will say that growing up with women probably helps you understand a LOT about them, huh? XD
@nicolejb it does, I can take care of a woman really well now lol
@nicolejb wow.. That really seems hard.. I feel for you all..
@shannonl5 you are so right about the muscle pain!! I didn't know that for the longest time!