Any women who has experienced menstrual cramps can attest to discomformort and pain they cause. Sadly, women also get told that PMS is a 'myth' and not that bad.
According to Frank Tu, director of gynaecological pain at NorthShore University HealthSystem, period pain (clinically known as 'Dysmenorrhea') has often been misunderstood by the medical community with some GPs believing ibuprofen "should be enough" to ease the pain.
There's also an endless list of alternative remedies–from hot water bottles to herbal teas and for some they provide relief but the truth is every woman's experience is different and science doesn't know that much about PMS.
John Guillebaud, professor of reproductive health at University College London, told Quartz that cramping pain is basically "as bad as having a heart attack.”
Guillebaud explains the reason he thinks that period pain is often dismissed by health care professionals. “Men don’t get it and it hasn’t been given the centrality it should have. I do believe it’s something that should be taken care of, like anything else in medicine."
Considering PMS affects 80% of women and of those affected, 50% seek medical treatment, it's time this women's issue became an universal issue.