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PeriodStories: Making the abnormal, normal

Published on 22.02.2021 at 16:22

I did not know my period was not normal!

 

I had so many fears and never understood why I was waiting longer than the average girl to get her period every month. I wished more would have been spoken about at school what is “normal” rather than just “Here is a pad and this is where you stick it”.

 

It was not until I got to the age of 16 and had my first boyfriend that it started to impact me mentally. I was always worried that I was pregnant because my period was the main and only thing, we would use to track my menstrual cycle. But little did I know I had (PCOS) Polycystic ovary syndrome.

 

It was not until my later adulthood and I wanted to have children that I finally discovered was what “wrong”. I know now that I could have got help earlier if someone would have taught me better about what is normal and what is not. I think girls and women should be given more information with the signs about symptoms of different conditions.

 

Now I am my late twenties, and I am on track and know what I can do to have a positive outlook on my health, but it could have happened so much earlier with more support and better access to women’s health education.

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