29/12/2016 12:21 GMT | Updated 29/12/2016 12:28 GMT

Women Are Sharing Their Worst Period Stories (And They Are Pretty NSFW)


Periods: there’s nothing particularly nice about them.

You bleed for about three to seven days - depending on how unlucky you are in the menstruation lottery - and they can be painful, messy and inconvenient.

Over the past few years, women have started to open up (excuse the pun) about their period experiences, to normalise a natural bodily function that has been stigmatised for far too long.

Now, women have taken to Reddit to share their worst period stories. From severe pain to spillages and diarrhoea, these stories are about as ladylike as they come.

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“I managed to smack myself in the face with a tampon once. It was... odd and I’m still not entirely sure how I did it, I was sitting on the toilet, reached down to pull it out, it smacked into my underwear and just ricochet up into my face.”


“A couple months ago I started having weirdly erratic periods; volume, timing, symptoms, duration―the whole shebang was just off. Then last month, just when I was sure Aunt Flo was getting ready to pack it in, I got up from a nap and walked into the bathroom, where my vagina spontaneously and single-handedly reenacted the elevator scene from The Shining.





“The Sneeze.”


“Always the worst cramps and pain when I’m hungover on my period. Especially if it’s within the first few days. I hate when I forget to take it easy because I’m emotional and hormonal (and a little bit alcoholic) and then wake up the next day in blinding pain, sick, and unable to move except to readjust for cramps. Really should make stronger pain meds for periods.”


“In was in college setting in film class sneezed my tampon came out I didn’t think it had come out all the way, but it did so I got up to go to the restroom and my tampon fell out of my pant leg.”


“Removing a tampon in a public toilet, I somehow managed to ping a blood clot the size and shape of half a plum across the floor to just my side of the door. The feeling of panic as it flew through the air heading out of the stall almost made me faint.”



“I once had a crazy heavy period that lasted about three weeks. It ruined almost everything I owned, underwear, pants, blankets, even a rug. I was changing in my room, when a huge, stinky, slimey clot fell out onto my rug and left a dark stain. Changing pads and tampons constantly did not save most of my possessions.”


“From 12 until 16 I would have horrid PMS the week before my period. Bleed to the point of passing out and vomiting almost nonstop the week of my period and then need almost a full week afterwards to recover from the severe anaemia and weakness my period had caused.”


“Getting locked in a toilet cubicle with a skirt on & having to climb over the door.”


“Every month.”