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- Age at diagnosis:
- Jane is a journalism lecturer. She is divorced with two adult children Ethnic background / nationality' White British
It [laser treatment] took much longer than I’d been expecting. It seemed like an hour but it probably wasn’t an hour. I can’t remember to be honest; this was 1983, a long time ago.
They said it would be like a heavy period. And, you know, normally my periods were five days and they were quite heavy anyway.
So I thought well not much to worry about there.
It was completely different.
This was much heavier?
It was much heavier yeah. And they must’ve known because they have special sanitary towels that are only used for this thing. And they’re just enormous, you know, really huge and thick. And they gave me just a small packet of them to go home with so I thought, I was relieved it was a small packet. I thought that meant the bleeding would calm down and I could go onto normal sanitary towels. They told me I wouldn’t be able to use tampons. So fair enough.
But it was so bad that I was, I got to know the woman in my local pharmacy just around the corner from where I lived because I’d go in every day and get a new packet. I’d get lucozade because that was, you know, it’s meant to be an energy drink. It did
help me to kind of perk up a bit, better than coffee and stuff.
And you were off work for two weeks hoping to just recover a bit?
But the bleeding continued for another four weeks after that?
Yes. It wasn’t as bad, I was able to go back to work.
And you were able to work or you just felt shattered at the end of the day?
Yeah. I could do my job but I couldn’t really do much else. Yeah, mainly on a weekend.
Then eventually did it taper off?
Yes, it got better, yeah.
Last reviewed July 2017.