A reproductive health professor has come forward to say that period pain can often be as painful as a heart attack and wants women who suffer to be taken more seriously.
John Guillebaud, Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health at University College London, says that more research should be done into finding treatments to ease crippling period pain, which is thought to affect one in every five women.
“Men don’t get it and it hasn’t been given the centrality it should have,” says Professor Guillebaud. “I do believe it’s something that should be taken care of, like anything else in medicine.”
Can I get a round of applause for Professor Guillebaud, please?!
Generally speaking, period pain isn’t something that’s often taken too seriously by doctors, and it’s something that advocates like Guillebaud want to see change.
The news comes at a time during which sanitary product companies, including Always and Tampax, are trying to remove the social stigma surrounding menstruation.
Campaigns that feature red liquid instead of the apparently non-offensive blue when demonstrating sanitary products are now slowly becoming the norm, and the phrase ‘Period Poverty’ is never far from the headlines.
Period Poverty is something of a hot topic at the moment, as it becomes more and more common for young teenagers to skip school as they can’t afford sanitary towels.
Period Poverty isn’t just affecting young people though – homeless or disadvantaged women are also sharing their stories about Period Poverty and the difficulties of being able to afford sanitary towels and tampons.
Sanitary product company Always conducted some research into Period Poverty, and found that “nearly one in five American girls have either left school early or missed school entirely because they did not have access to period products.”
Always is using the hashtag “#EndPeriodPoverty” to not only increase awareness of the problem, but also to see the donation of 15 million pads to girls in schools. Find out more about it here.
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