In our house, periods seem to be a big DEAL. My teenage step-daughter will often exclaim, “LEAVE ME ALONE! IT’S SHARK WEEK!” Her brother will then respond by backing away slowly with a wide-eyed expression and retreating to a safe location until he feels it is safe to speak to her again. We have bottles of ibuprofen for our wicked cramps and “girl materials” stashed in every car. If I happen to mention that “Aunt Flo” is going to be visiting, my husband suddenly wonders if he is going to have to try and figure out what he should say when my tears come out of nowhere, or if a seemingly unprovoked ginger snap might be in his near future. My 7-year-old son starts interviewing me in a very invasive way and wants very detailed anatomic and physiologic descriptions as to why girls have to put bloody things in the trash can. He then informs me that he is very glad he is not a girl, and that he never wants to have a baby (resulting in me having to explain why he does not ever need to). Fear not, men of the house, there is hope! You (and your female housemates) do not have to suffer every month.
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