Janet Mbugua opens up on her battle with painful prolonged menses

By Vincent Kejitan | Tuesday, Mar 26th 2019 at 09:27
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Media personality Janet Mbugua has opened up on her long battle with endometriosis that made her skip work and school days.

Through a series of posts on Instagram, the former news anchor revealed that she had extremely painful menses but getting a diagnosis was such a relief.

“This was me in 2015. Ten years earlier, in 2005, I had just undergone a laparoscopy for deep ovarian endometriosis, also known as endometriomas or ovarian cysts.

“It causes the formation of cavities within the ovary that fill with blood. It had been years, literally since high school, of painful, prolonged periods that sometimes rendered me unable to go to class or to the office, especially during the first few days of my cycle.

“Finally getting a diagnosis was such a breakthrough and I was put on birth control thereafter and have had to continue using this, except for the times we were trying for a baby,” she said.

Mbugua added that she still has to take medication during her periods and advised ladies that painful prolonged periods are not normal.

“Until today, if I don’t take my medication, I’ll struggle during my period. Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (i.e. usually between the ages of 15 to 49), which is approximately 176 million women in the world…Let’s talk periods and most importantly, let’s talk period pain.

“Because ladies (and gents), a very painful, prolonged period is NOT normal,” she remarked.

According to Medical News Today, endometriosis is an incurable but manageable gynaecological condition.

Symptoms are generally present during the reproductive years and the pain and other symptoms can affect different areas of life, including the ability to work, medical care costs, and difficulty maintaining relationships.

Symptoms of endometriosis include:

Severe menstrual cramps

Long-term lower-back and pelvic pain

Periods lasting longer than 7 days

Heavy menstrual bleeding where the pad or tampon needs changing every 1 to 2 hours

Bowel and urinary problems including pain, diarrhoea, constipation, and bloating

Bloody stool or urine

Nausea and vomiting

Fatigue

Pain during intercourse

Spotting or bleeding between periods

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