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10 Things Women Deal With That Men Will Never Understand

Full disclosure: a lot of them are about your menstrual cycle.

1. Catcalling. It is insane just how often women get catcalled. It's borderline constant, unless you live in the Alaskan wilderness. It is so far removed from men's experiences that they can't even understand what it might be like.

2. What a gyno appointment is even like. Men's physicals don't get, uh, invasive until they hit 50, and even then, we have a single doctor that does the whole check up. Women have a special doctor just for their lady parts. I can't even fathom having to book TWO doctor's visits just so someone can handle my junk and then say, "Looks good to me, sport." It's not until you wait at home for your partner to come back from the gynecologist that you finally realize (hours later) just how involved it is.

3. Anything about periods. I don't think there is any equivalent that would help men understand periods. The worst thing we have to deal with is forgetting to shake off after peeing. Seeing you in real pain and spending the day in bed is almost enough for us to get it, though.

4. The hell that seems to be menstrual cramps. We can understand muscle cramps. We can't understand the searing pain that courses across your abs that's so debilitating you want to call out sick. One time I woke up with a really bad charlie horse, though.

5. Tampons. Do you just carry them on you two weeks out of the month and then run to a bathroom when you need them? Can you feel them in there the whole time? How do they even work, mechanically?

6. Body-hair maintenance. Shaving our faces is challenging. We can't imagine shaving the entire lower half of our bodies. Just watching you shave makes us wonder how you're not constantly covered in Band-Aids.

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7. Makeup. There seem to be five to six different stages of makeup application and we're not entirely sure what each of those stages consists of. But waking up an hour earlier doesn't sound like something we'd like to do. Just watching you put it on is exhausting.

8. Sexist coworkers and bosses. We're never going to understand being passed over for jobs because of our sex, or being expected to stay at home with the kids. Or being paid less for the same work. And now I feel mad on behalf of working women everywhere.

9. Creeps creeping on you. We understand creeps. We just don't understand creeps hitting on us too much and not leaving us alone. Even an overenthusiastic girl at the bar isn't going to make us feel like we're in danger. Until we really see a weirdo follow you around the grocery store, we'll never know how disturbing it really is.

10. Vaginas. We want to understand vaginas so badly, but there is just so much going on down there. We will never stop learning.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.