My Experience With PMDD & Dr. Lolas

 
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This article has been translated by the author from Spanish. 

Much has been said about premenstrual syndrome and its effects on women, the repercussions that those days bring to the quality of life of the people who suffer it. When these symptoms become unbearable and incapacitating is where the real problems begin, when it becomes premenstrual dysphoric disorder; it goes from being a simple colic to something paralyzing that can even lead to death.

Since when have I had PMDD? I do not know, to tell the truth, I would say ever since I was born. My name is Luisa and I suffered since the day I got my first period at age of 8 years old. Nobody understood what I had and what was the reason for a girl so young to develop to quickly; this happened to me and it was only until I was 35 years old that I understood and put a name to my illness.

My life was a long pilgrimage with different specialists, my adolescence was marked by strong depressions, acne, overweight, fits of anger and a desire immense to die; because all these situations some days of the month I was away from everyone, from my Friends, my family ... but then, for a few days of the month everything went back to normal, surely they were hormonal things of adolescence, I thought.

My parents took me to the general doctor and It was always the same process: first the psychologist, then the psychiatrist and, then the prescription, I always ended up taking medications for a while. At the age of 28, I could not stand it and I decided to end my life, a decision really cowardly, but that seemed the only way to calm the restlessness and despair that I felt; fortunately I did not succeed and here I am.

One day I realized, after an intense crying, that I was close to my next period, I started looking and document all the symptoms and... just then it was clear as water, I read the testimony of the other women and it was like reading my own story. I ... I cried, I cried a lot. That day my life changed, it split in two because I knew that I was not crazy, that everything I suffered had an explanation and that I have an opportunity to find the solution and recover the lost time.

I started the search for a treatment; It was not easy The doctors in my country recommended me to see psychiatrists again, but this time I was sure that antidepressants and anxiolytics did not work for me. Looking for something new, I found a Chilean doctor who had been treating the syndrome for more than 30 years and I resolved with some concern to travel to Santiago and stay for two months to attend to the proposed treatment.

Dr. Jorge Lolas is a Chilean gynecologist whose theory is that if the cervix presents inflammation or infection, it can affect the functioning of the uterus and the premenstrual syndrome becomes premenstrual dysphoric syndrome. Having a healthy uterus causes the symptoms of the syndrome to disappear and women can lead a totally normal life.

His treatment changed my life completely, it is been a year ago that I did it and today I can say that I am a new woman. Now I enjoy my life, I have the same problems but I face them differently, I am the mother that my daughter deserves.

I encourage women to love themselves, to eat well, to have a healthy life, but above all, since they have a clear diagnosis about the syndrome, to look for the mechanisms to achieve the quality of life they deserve.