Woman Leaves Doctors Confused As Her First Period Starts At 14, But Goes On For The Next Five Years
Posted January 5
Periods are important in any woman’s life, no matter how messy or painful they are. At an early age, girls are explained about the menstrual cycle, which they will be having in their near future and all the baggage that comes with it like mood swings, irritation and body ache. The only surety women have about them is its predictable nature. The mere knowledge that it will come for only a week every month is a huge relief. However, even that one week seems so frustrating, unbearable and achy that one wishes it to never come again or just go away in the blink of an eye. However, this monthly occurrence is an indication that everything down there is as normal as it is supposed to be.
A regular phenomenon turned into the worst nightmare for 14-year-old Chloe Christos.
The most concerning thought is when one week becomes intolerable for many, how do you feel for the girl who had her first period at 14, which went on for the next five years, continuously.
The teen was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand disease, an inherited bleeding disorder, after her periods didn’t stop.
People suffering from this condition have a problem with the protein in their blood that helps control bleeding. In simple words, it takes longer for blood to clot and for bleeding to stop. Chloe also had some proteins associated with Hemophilia.
The young stylist and art director began suffering at the age of 14 and didn’t see any improvement in her condition.
She said, “Day to day my life was literally being cared for by my mother. I couldn’t do anything. I was fainting a lot, I had dangerously low blood pressure, and it wasn’t really a good idea for me to drive or go out.”
The day-by-day deteriorating condition of Chloe had a profound effect on her, mentally as well as physically.
Through the course of a period, a woman loses around 20 to 60 ml of blood on an average basis. But in Chloe’s case, the bleeding was way more than expected. She lost around half a liter of blood in just four days. The 27-year-old said, “I knew it wasn’t quite right, but I was also embarrassed to talk about it. I felt very different and pretty alone.”
She took numerous treatments in the hope of getting better, but nothing worked.
The Australian teen then started taking a synthetic drug to treat her condition, which didn’t improve her state as it stopped her bleeding for 12 hours. However, as soon as it wore off, the bleeding would start again and therefore, she stopped taking the drug.
The doctors even advised her to go for a hysterectomy, but she declined.
Chloe declined to go for the procedure as she wanted to look for other treatment options before sealing her fate to have no children in the future.
After going through several treatments, she finally found the appropriate treatment for herself.
Chloe reached out to a hemophilia center in Adelaide where she was prescribed a blood product, usually given to men suffering from hemophilia. This treatment did what others couldn’t do and soon she had her first regular periods that lasted just 4 to 5 days.
This disorder gave the Australian teen a life mission.
Having experienced the condition herself and understanding the dilemma of other women going through the same, Chloe decided to spread awareness. She now advocates for equal rights to quality of care and access to treatment for women with bleeding disorders globally.
She thought of inspiring other women around the globe from her own experiences.
Chloe Christos started a ‘Go Fund Me’ page where she shares her journey, her experiences and also the discrimination she had faced while taking the treatment. She even hoped for the Australian government to fund a project for women with bleeding disorders.
Chloe has a powerful message for the entire womankind of the world.
She wrote on her page, “When needing assistant to help control severe bleeding episodes, there is a great lack of education and awareness about bleeding disorders and that they can happen amongst women.” She further added, “This has been mostly due to a lack of knowledge and awareness and this happens all over the world.”