I was 12 the first time I felt the crippling cramps. I hadn’t yet gotten my period and was happily running around a state fair with my best friend, mouth full of cotton candy, when it hit me: a steady drum of pain beneath my pubic bone, a throbbing in my back that made its way down both my legs. I fell to the muddy ground. Suddenly the Ferris wheel was a nightmare, the carnival games distorted and unpleasant. I blacked out.
"Lena Dunham: Losing Birth Control Could Mean a Life of Pain" is from the June 09, 2017 Commentary section of The New York Times. It was written by Lena Dunham and narrated by Kristi Burns.