i can so relate to all this. this thread got me thinking, and it took me back to grade 3 when i was the only girl in class who had started her periods. i had to miss my school picnic then, beacause i got them just then. my ma didn't allow me to go, and i was so disheartened!! then once in grade 5, i forgot to wear my pad, and my poor aunt rushed to school to give me one. in high school i used to suffer alot from cramps, back ache and my legs used to hurt really bad, because i suffer from pcos. my friends could never understand my pain, they all had painfree periods...ya only someone who has pcos can understand my condition. i can tell you a funny incident...i was sitting in the school lib, with my head down on the table as my stomach was cramping badly, and one of my guy friends, walked by and said...oh you're having your periods again! i was like what??? and he goes.. ha yaar tujhe to bohot pain hota hai..i know, since you're sitting like that, you're pmsing i was like what???? he said it seriously and sympathetiacally. i remember my first month in college hostel, my gyneac had induced my periods, since i had missed them for months. and the pain was soooooooooooooo bad, i could actually feel them like contractions, like contracting and relaxing. i got so scared, i thought i will have to ask my friends to take me to the ER in the middle of the night. bu my worst experince was when i was in my 3rd year of college. my periods went on for 3 weeks, and the flow was ssoooo heavy like some dam has been broken. it was during my uni exam study leave. i coud not go to the lib, i was busy going to the bathroom and coming out. my friends were really supportive during this time. so you see, me and mentrual cramps are so much a part of each other's life, we are inseparable!!! but now they have given me a bit of relief since a few years, thank you so much my dear cramps!!