Its Fridaaaaay!!…. It’s my favourite day of the week because I get to talk period. Last week I introduced some of the reasons why one may get period pain and also spoke a bit about what menstruation is. I’m not a doctor or anything but for 8 years now I’ve suffered greatly with my period and everything to do with it.
At about the age of 17, I began to get this strange side pain and initially thought it was nothing till it began to disrupt my life. On top of the pain, my periods became very irregular and so sore that I would turn ash-grey and miss school. I became very withdrawn and sad because my peers were enjoying high school and I was forever bleeding and having strange pains. The doctors I saw said it was normal and that “all girls experienced this” but I knew something was wrong. Many times I would be rushed to the er in pain and the nurses would scold me for crying and not being “woman enough”. As the years went by my condition worsened and that pain became chronic and I dropped from 60 kgs to 47kgs. I had lost so much blood that I was told I need a blood transfusion. Imagine! All because of my darn period! When I finished high school I had more time to really find out and research about what was really wrong and now I know. I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Endometriosis (en-doe-me-tree-O-sis) is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus (endometrial implant). It’s a very painful condition!! This is just my own experience and I am so passionate about these topics because I know if I had the appropriate information I would have gotten treatment earlier.
Period pains or pelvic pains that stop you from doing your regular routine such as going to school or work are not okay and in some cases should be a cause for concern. What could they be signs of? For me it was endometriosis. I’m not an expert, but for you or anyone else, it may not be endometriosis but any of these:
- Amenorrhoea– abnormal absence of period
- Ovarian cysts– fluid filled sacs or pockets within or on the surface of an ovary
- Pelvic inflammatory Disease– an infection of the female reproductive organs. It usually occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria spread from your vagina to your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries
- Uterine Fibroids– benign smooth muscle tumours of the uterus.
- Cervical cancer-Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix— the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina
- Polycystic ovarian disease– Polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS) is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age. Women with PCOS may have enlarged ovaries that contain small collections of fluid — called follicles — located in each ovary as seen during an ultrasound exam.
I may not have covered all of them, but these are some of the causes of extreme period or pelvic pain. Next week we will cover the symptoms of some of these conditions but for now stay safe, stay healthy and stay informed…
(Note: images are from www.passnownow.com)