As any female can attest, getting your period is typically the least anticipated part of every month. In addition to painful cramps, bloating, and uncontrollable mood swings, we also get the pleasure of having to deal with running to the bathroom every hour to avoid leaks. So. Much. Fun.
Fortunately, though, we are much better off than our predecessors who were shamed from society and forced to wear uncomfortable belts during their monthly cycles. Check out these and other disturbing facts about the early days of menstruation below.
1. During medieval times, it was believed that cramps were ‘a reminder of Eve’s original sin’ and pain relief was not made available.