At the age of 15, Mcdougal was diagnosed with dysmenorrhea, painful menstruation, typically involving abdominal cramps.
While she was growing up, she was forced to miss out on important events including exams and would be incapacitated for days.
“I used to pass out on bathroom floors because of the pain. When I started working I had to take leave days after my period started. My periods were so severe it felt like I had early labour contractions,” says Mcdougal.
A professor of reproductive health at University College London has compared dysmenorrhea and severe period pain to having a heart attack, saying the issue needs to be taken seriously.