LUST FOR LIFE KILLER PERIOD PAIN: WHAT’S THE DEAL?
WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, PERIODS ARE JUST PART OF LIFE FOR US GIRLS. BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY GO ROGUE? BY SHARON GOLDSTEIN AND EMMA WRIGHT
Snuggling up to a hot water bottle, acting all moody and bitchy, and inhaling chocolate like it’s going out of fashion? Yup, it’s that time of the month again. But what happens when confectionery and comfort don’t help and you can tell something’s a bit... off? For Nonn Chin Mei, 24, the red flag came when her periods began to affect her whole life. “I was missing work and had terrible back cramps that prevented me from sitting up. I knew this could not be a normal thing to experience.”
Like an estimated 10 per cent of women, Chin Mei had endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue that lines the uterus occurs outside the uterus, causing pain and potentially infertility.
Painful periods, pain during sex, and pain when peeing or doing a poo can all indicate endometriosis, explains gynaecologist Dr. Elizabeth Farrell from Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (jeanhailes org.au). For Tanisha Mahendran, 26, her period was so bad that two in every four weeks she had to endure moderate to severe