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    9 Iconic Positions Anyone Who's Ever Had A Period Has Perfected

    Big fan of the “I Am One With the Couch” position.

    1. The “I Am Now a Starfish” position:

    Illustration of a person with their arms and legs splayed out like a starfish
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    When you have absolutely NO energy to get up out of bed and deal with life.

    2. The “Fetal Forever” position:

    Illustration of a person curled up into a little ball
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    When the cramps are so bad, you curl yourself up into the tightest ball possible.

    3. The “I Am One With the Couch” position:

    Illustration of a person passed out on a sofa
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    When you've mustered enough energy to get up, but only so far as your sofa, where you plan to spend the next 24 hours bingeing TV, eating junk food, and sleeping.

    4. The “SpongeBob Meme but With Pain” position:

    Illustration of a person standing with hands on hips, the other hand leaning on a wall
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    When you’re at school/work/wherever and the cramps really kick in, and you just have to wait it out because you don't have any painkillers on hand (or they're just not working)... There's not much you can do but put your head down and wait for the pain to pass.

    5. The “OK, Now the Pain Is Shooting Through My Back?!” position:

    Illustration of a person bending backwards in pain
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    When your cramps decide to leave your uterus temporarily and vacation somewhere in your lower back. GOOD TIMES.

    6. The “I Guess I Live Here Now” position:

    Illustration of a person sitting on the toilet, staring into the void
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    When you have to spend what feels like an eternity on the toilet because there’s just a lot of blood, and poop, and who the heck knows what else coming out, and you think to yourself, "Welp, no point in getting up now."

    7. The “Let’s Burn This Motherfucker Down” position:

    Illustration of a person siting on a sofa with a heating pad cranked up to high
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    When you need ALL the heat to ease your cramps.

    8. The “I’ve Done It!” position:

    Illustration of a person with their legs flipped up over their head
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    When you’ve found JUST the right positioning of body parts to stop your cramps, and you don't want to move because you're afraid if you do the cramps will come back.

    9. And, of course, the “It’s Finally Over!” position:

    Illustration of a person looking like they're floating on air
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    When your period finally ends and you feel an overwhelming sense of joy so good that it feels like you're floating...until next month, anyway.

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