Debilitating Cramps

“Many times my period comes with debilitating cramps. It is hard to even get out of bed on those days, and I often feel like I will be sick or pass out. When that happens, I want to be honest about how I'm feeling, but often times have to "suck it up" because saying I have period cramps makes men uncomfortable. When I lived at home with my stepdad and younger brother, I didn't feel comfortable mentioning it, and often had to say I thought I ate something bad. If I ever did mention my period, it was either turned into a joke by the men of the household, or my behavior was scrutinized to see if I was "PMSimg" ~Shan, Female, USA