Cramps, gas, acne or the most vicious kind of hunger: Yep, when Aunt Flo comes to visit, it can be the worst thing ever.
Just search for the hashtag #LiveTweetYourPeriod for proof. Women of the Interwebs have been employing the hashtag to share their menstruation-related woes.
From “Carrie”-like bloodiness to insatiable junk food cravings, the posts run the gamut:
— Hazel Eyes (@Blondiemocha) April 28, 2015
Babies better be worth all this fucking pain #livetweetyourperiod
— Elizabeth Harrison (@peeanofreek) April 24, 2015
#LiveTweetYourPeriod has been around for several months (there are tweets dating back to November), but found a new audience this week after being written about in The New York Times Magazine.
Writer Jenna Wortham wrote that the hashtag could help “normalize, desexualize and destigmatize women’s reproductive health.”
“On the surface, [the hashtag] seems like little more than communal commiseration, but to me, it felt like something bigger: a microprotest against a modern paradox. Social media is saturated with images of hypersexualized women, but these are rarely considered as scandalous as content that dares to reveal how a woman’s body actually functions,” she wrote.
Many Twitter users appear to agree.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, two out of three women are estimated to experience some pain during their period, while "as many as 85 percent of menstruating women" experience one or more symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, which include depression, irritability, anxiety, bloating, fatigue and abdominal pain.
Click here for some tips on how to deal with PMS, then weigh in below as to whether or not you'd #LiveTweetYourPeriod.