Women's Wellness: Female athletes and their periods
Why this woman was on her period for five years
Chloe Christos is now advocating equal rights for women with bleeding disorders
Having a period for five days a month can be a nightmare that leaves you doubled up in pain and completely exhausted, so spare a thought for Chloe Christos, an Australian woman who was on her period for five years, due to a rare condition.
The 27-year-old art director and stylist, was on her period from the ages of 14-19 and this meant round-the-clock care from her mum, and having her teen years severely impacted.
While on average, women loose between 20 and 60 millimetres of blood each month, with anything of 80ml being considered heavy, Chloe was loosing more than 500ml – half a litre of blood.
‘I couldn’t do anything,’ she told theDaily Mail Australia. ‘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. I really love being physically active, and that is what was most frustrating for me. Every single day I was in the sick bay at my school.’
Chloe soon developed severe anemia and not even weekly iron transfusions could keep her levels stable.
At 19 she was diagnosed with an inherited bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand disease, meaning it takes longer for her blood to clot, but despite treatment, she still continued to suffer seven years of side effects, as the synthetic drug would only stop the bleeding for 12 hours at a time.
Her plight for other treatments was so unfruitful, it was even suggested that she undergo a hysterectomy, which she declined.
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