Weʼre raising £1,000 to help raise money for the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders
- Ipswich, UK
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My name is Emily Fazah, and since puberty my life has been a constant battle with my hormones. I have spent most of my adolescence fighting for answers: why do I feel so low each month? Does anyone else feel this way?
I'd had countless trips to the GP’s, who met my woes with the same blank expressions but after my own extensive research into why I could be feeling like this it led me to seek help from a Gynaecologist. This was the first time that I heard someone who was sympathetic and understanding. She introduced me to the Chelsea and Westminster PMS clinic that deal specifically with hormonal struggles in women. From there I was told about the International Association for Premenstrual Disorders, a charity dedicated to furthering awareness and funding for PMS, PMDD, PME and progesterone induced depression.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of emotional, physical, psychological, and mood disturbances that occur after a woman's ovulation.
It is estimated that clinically significant PMS (which is moderate to severe in intensity and affects a woman's functioning) occurs in 20% to 30% of women.
The most common symptoms are irritability, crying, oversensitivity, mood swings, bloating, breast tenderness, and change in appetite.
1 Out of 20 Women of reproductive age will fight PMDD
60 Million Women Worldwide fight PMDD
15% attempt suicide
Symptoms are present throughout the entire cycle, but become more severe in the premenstrual phase
PME refers to the premenstrual exacerbation/worsening of the symptoms of another psychiatric disorder
Researchers suggest that we can differentiate PMDD and premenstrual exacerbation of another disorder by going 'symptom by symptom'.
From my first consultation it was clear that I was in the right place and they agreed that I wasn’t depressed. I was advised that the cause of my unhappiness each month was due to large dips and spikes in my hormone levels throughout the month.
I have now been on HRT, the ‘menopausal’ drug, for over two years and have noticed a significant change in my moods. I still do experience lows, but now with regular check ups combined with a strong support network around me I am able to deal with my symptoms much better than before.
Without the amazing team at Dr Panay's clinic I would not be where I am today and I feel it is SO important to raise money to further research and education on PMS, PMDD, PME & Progesterone induced depression. Let’s come together to open a dialogue about these premenstrual syndromes, with the aim of making it acknowledged, accepted and spoken about within wider society.
Please donate if you feel this to be a worthwhile cause <3
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Aug 18, 2018
Well done for all your hard work Em. I’m sure your event will be fab, sorry I can’t be there x
Aug 16, 2018
Thank you to show the word how we feel. Xxx
Diane and John
Aug 8, 2018
Good luck! We hope you hit your target! X
Aug 7, 2018
Wonderful cause! Keep going xx
Aug 6, 2018
Sorry id love to give more but im broke as hell!
Jul 31, 2018
So proud of all your hard work and dedication to such a worthy cause. Keep up the good work lil lady! Lots of love x
Jul 29, 2018
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