Meet woman who had her period for five years straight

Meet woman who had her period for five years straight

Chloe Christos, a 27-year-old Australian woman, had her period continuously for five years.

Meet woman who had her period for five years straight

She suffers from a bleeding disorder that prevents her blood from clotting properly.

The disorder reared its head when she first started to bleed at 14 years old and simply did not stop, according to a report by dailymail.co.uk.

According to experts, women lose between 20 and 60 millilitres of blood throughout the course of their period and anything over 80mL is considered a heavy bleed, that will prompt doctors to diagnose a victim with a condition called menorrhagia.

But in the space of just four days, Miss Christos could lose more than 500mL, or half a litre, of blood, according to the report.

Her condition is said to have seen her develop extreme anemia, and despite undergoing weekly iron transfusions, her iron level remained dangerously low.

Meet woman who had her period for five years straight

Diagnosing her with Von Willebrand disease - an inherited bleeding disorder, doctors put her on a synthetic drug that targeted the low factor levels in her blood, but even after seven years, she continued to experience 'terrible' side effects.

The drug would stop the bleeding for about 12 hours, but as soon as the drug wore off it would start again.

Miss Christos eventually stopped taking the synthetic drug, but it only made her condition worsen, the report said.

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She is said to have reached out to a haemophilia centre in Adelaide, and was given a blood product mostly prescribed to men who suffer from haemophilia.

The treatment - which she uses at the beginning of each cycle - worked, and less than one month ago she had her first regular period that lasted just four to five days.

'It's the difference between being hospitalised for two weeks of the month and taking two paracetamol and having a heat pack for one day,' she was quoted as saying.

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While she has found a treatment that works for her, Miss Christos now aims to advocate for equal rights to quality of care and access to treatment for women with bleeding disorders globally.

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