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Old 03-14-2016, 07:54 AM
 
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btw - aren't you a nice boyfriend. Many are not so understanding.
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Old 03-14-2016, 08:47 AM
 
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Cramps are one thing. Some women have abdominal cramps, while others have back pain. They sometimes bring headaches, nausea, and I have had them cause cramping in my hip muscles as well. It really varies.
And the hormone that makes the uterus cramp up to expel the menstrual stuff can also trigger the bowels and the stomach to cramp, so not only can you have period cramps, but diarrhea and heartburn, too. It's a whole smorgasbord of blergh.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:08 AM
 
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Wow, it's totally crazy how bad things can get. And to think there are women in the military that actually want to fight in infantry. How could women ever do it? Weeks out in the middle of nowhere without a shower+No extra supplies+No privacy+Any fighting that would happen+period cramps just seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:14 AM
 
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Depends on the woman and it can change with time. I knew someone who would regularly be bedridden and puking due to her extreme menstrual issues - her period would trigger a migraine and terrible cramping. But that was a very extreme case. I'm barely affected by my period whether I'm on the pill or not, but when I was younger (teens, 20s) it could be really terrible. Going on the pill was a huge help back then. These days though it doesn't make much of a difference.

So your gf's pain could be anywhere from a blip to really devastating - there's no way a third party can answer that question.
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Old 03-14-2016, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Middle of the valley
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I would guess that a woman who has bad menstrual pain frequently would not be looking to go to war. I never had any cramps or symptoms. Maybe I got crankier? Kinda hard to tell.

Anyway, it's a battle field. What's a little more blood?
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:08 AM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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It's a whole smorgasbord of blergh.
In a nutshell.
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:09 AM
 
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So my gf can often get painful cramps when she's on the rag and I do try to help as in I have gone to the store to buy her pads, tampons, midol etc. But really she doesn't like to talk about it which I can understand.

My question is for a man what would you say is the closest equivalent pain a man can get to what period cramps are like? How bad are they usually for you and does it impair your ability to function at all? My gf just stays in bed and covers up not saying much.

On a scale of 1-10 how painful would you rate yours on average? The worst pain I have felt is from an infected tooth, and while obviously not equivalent I can say the pain was something I wouldn't want my worst enemy to have lol. What do you think would be worse to go through, bad cramps or a bad tooth ache?

Meh. Most of my friends pretend they're feeling bad just because it's messy and easier to stay home the first day or two. I don't know anyone that truly was bedridden over cramps.
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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Wow, it's totally crazy how bad things can get. And to think there are women in the military that actually want to fight in infantry. How could women ever do it? Weeks out in the middle of nowhere without a shower+No extra supplies+No privacy+Any fighting that would happen+period cramps just seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
I got migraines in my teens, but my 20s and early 30s weren't too bad. It's gotten worse over the last five years or so. The achiness and general awfulness is not the worst part. The worst part, for me, is how much I bleed, and it's getting worse. The cramps I deal with (Aleve does work great). I can't really go anywhere on the first day of my period, sometimes the second day. I'm too old for infantry, so it's a moot issue, unless I throw used femine products at the enemy in some sort of horrific shock and awe campaign. I'm horrified and it's my body!
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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Meh. Most of my friends pretend they're feeling bad just because it's messy and easier to stay home the first day or two. I don't know anyone that truly was bedridden over cramps.
My sister had horrible cramps. You could tell she really feels unwell.
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Old 03-14-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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Going swimming on the first day or two of the curse can cause cramps. Also avoid things like horseback riding and square dancing. A hot water bottle on the tummy can be helpful.
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