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In my teens I used to puke and pass-out during the first hour of my period. I sought advice from my local, male, GP. I can summarise his advise as
tough shit sweetheart, that’s what its like being a girl, shut-up and put-up
I learned how to predict the start of my period and find a quiet place to ‘lie down’ so that I didn’t fall-over when I passed out or upset observers. I talked to other girls and found that my experience was actually extreme.
A second opinion from a female GP, who treated me with a little more consideration, offered no further techniques or strategies for reducing the pain and impact. Her only words of consolation were that with age the intensity of the physical reaction would reduce.
My last fainting was in my late 30′s, so it looks like she was right. The pain is still overwhelming, more than the pain of breaking my bones. But at least there’s no puke to clear up and I can generally manage without having to lie down lest I faint.