There's no other way to put it: Period cramps suck. If you're part of the population who menstruates, you're probably familiar with the wonders of period pain—the sharp spasms that feel like you just got punched in the gut, to steady, underlying aches that feel like someone is using a cheese grater on your insides. Some women may have light bleeding but still have severe cramps. Period cramps are often categorized as mild, moderate, and severe.
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Why are menstruating women in India removing their wombs? Why are Indian women 'Happy to Bleed'? Oscars The Indian sanitary pad makers' story wins award. Enough is enough: India women fight to enter temples. India's uncomfortable relationship with periods is back in the headlines. College students living in a hostel in the western Indian state of Gujarat have complained that they were made to strip and show their underwear to female teachers to prove that they were not menstruating. The 68 young women were pulled out of classrooms and taken to the toilet, where they were asked to individually remove their knickers for inspection.
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Poornima Javardhan, 25, felt dread and trepidation as she got ready to spend five days in a gaokor — a hut outside her village where girls and women are banished during menstruation. Since the huts are considered public property, no one takes responsibility for their upkeep. Gaokors lack a kitchen as women who are menstruating are not allowed to cook; those staying inside rely on family to bring them food and other items. Women usually sleep on the floor with just a thick sheet for a mattress, which is folded and used as a cushion during the day. Given the location of the huts, it is not uncommon for wild animals to make an appearance, and there have been reports of women dying from snakebites while staying in gaokors.
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