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The menstrual period, especially in the early days, can be very painful. I recall days I took dolly steps all the way to the pharmacy in the hope of getting some relief. There were days I was doubled over in pain and paracetamol did almost nothing to it. Something sweet, such as chocolate can help, a warm thing to hug, kind words and empathy. Many things that are normal and natural, such as childbirth, are the most immensely painful experiences a human can endure and still live. The good news is, it gets better. In time they are an inconvenience and rarely cause pain... though, I am pleased to report, the hankering for chocolate remains.

By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, February 26, 2021.
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The delicate lining of the womb is being ripped out in a flow of blood. Until the nerve endings numb it can be as painful as it sounds for girls and young women. So, have empathy for it. Be there emotionally... supply chocolate... yes, really. Even remembering the early days of having periods makes me feel sick. It was traumatic. Nobody cared because it was "normal." For some girls there is no pain, for others it is immense. Perhaps that is why so many women are so strong underneath their femininity - we have to be.

By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, February 26, 2021.