Model faces early menopause after battle with endometriosis undiagnosed for decade

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Carla blogs about her health journey

A top model has described how her endometriosis was mistaken for Irritable Bowel Syndrome for more than a decade.

Carla Cressy, 25, suffered extreme pain, vomiting and blackouts from the age of 14 as medics struggled to find a diagnosis.

Now the former model, who faces early menopause, has started a government petition to educate school girls on the little-known disorder: Here

Carla explained: “I feel it’s important to push the petition to bring endometriosis into education as I strongly believe if I was aware of endometriosis I would have pushed for a earlier diagnosis and maybe I could have been diagnosed and treated a lot sooner.

“I have a chance to help other women even though my own condition in so severe and that is what helps keep me positive.”

“I have a chance to help other women even though my own condition in so severe and that is what helps keep me positive.”

As a teen, Carla began suffering from extremely painful periods, every two weeks. Doctors believed she had IBS and prescribed pain relief and laxatives.

She said: “I trialled many hormonal pills however they never helped regulate my cycle and over time my periods become more and more painful resulting in severe blood loss it became debilitating.”

While Carla’s modelling career took off, her undiagnosed condition continued to take a toll on all aspects of her life.

She explained: “There have been times I’ve had to call into work to take days off, as well as cancelling modelling jobs and even travel trips.

“Knowing there was something wrong and being told it’s normal left me feeling physically and emotionally drained.

“The constant bleeding has affected my intimacy as well as my well being. The affects of this condition has caused me to feel insecure resulting in low self esteem,” she added.

It wasn’t until she collapsed and had to be rushed to A&E that she was finally diagnosed with endometriosis.

Carla said: “At this point I generally felt like giving up and I started to think I was going to die. The satisfaction of finally being given a diagnosis was relieving.”

Read more about Carla Story her: Here

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In June 2016, Carla had surgery to lessen the symptoms, however it was discovered she suffered from frozen pelvis disease – a rare side effect of her condition – which has caused her uterus, bowel, fallopian tube and ovaries to fuse together.

Writing on her blog, she said: “All they can do is treat the symptoms because there is no cure, however if only I was listened to in the beginning my condition may have never got this far but there is always hope and that’s what keeps me positive for the future.”

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