It is always gratifying to know that, somewhere out there, someone is either experiencing similar pain or is in worse pain. This can either be attributed to heartbreak, economic troubles ... or the menstrual cycle.
Women have been dealing with the menstrual cycle for, well, forever. It's a fact of life. But sometimes men just don't understand that, yes, it is unpredictable, and, no, we cannot just "turn it off". Not only can it be painful, but the changing hormone levels associated with this monthly visit from Mother Nature can be chaotic for anyone unfortunate enough to be in a moody woman's vicinity.
But it's okay, it's just the raging hormones ... well, partially the raging hormones.
In their latest experiment, Bustle decided to give men a chance to experience what they have henceforth been spared from by the miracles of biology. While this experiment did not give the male volunteers the headaches, cramps, and mood swings associated with the menstrual cycle, it did give them the horrendous uncertainty of blood flow. You know, the constant stress that goes hand in hand with whether or not you're going to stand up and find a red spot on your chair and the seat of your pants.
Also known as The Worst.
Unless you've found a way to regulate your cycle, most of the time it is an unpredictable event that can (generally) last anywhere from three days to a week. By the end of Bustle's experiment, these men were happy they were only made to experience a period for four days.
The experiment called for each volunteer to walk around with funnels of beet juice and cornstarch pumping fluid into their underwear all day in varying rates (a la a real menstrual cycle), and it was up to them to figure out how to stay clean throughout the days.
The struggle is so real.
Just the stress of keeping clean alone caused the volunteers to change their tune about periods. Some of the guys said they could not concentrate on their work because they were too worried about leaking. There were "bloody" accidents, pants lost forever, and tons of stress.
"I pulled down my pants to change my pad and all hell broke loose and the floor is covered in blood right now," one volunteer said.
Sound familiar, ladies?
By the end of the experiment, it was very clear the guys were completely unprepared for a period. The end of the video is filled with heartfelt apologies about any jokes or judgements they have ever made about women's periods.
Check out the full video from Bustle!