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Australian study aims to uncover mystery of extreme menstrual pain in young people

About half of the world’s population suffers from it every month, but even today, mystery still surrounds menstrual pain.

How can some people endure their periods with painkillers, while others experience such unbearable agony that they cannot leave the house?

A first Australian study, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, aims to ensure that young women and girls with debilitating period pain no longer need to miss out on life by identifying effective treatments early on.

To do this, the researchers follow more than 3,000 young women and girls over the age of five, who have been treated for menstrual pain.

Lead researcher and gynecologist Professor Sonia Grover said that “if we intervene early, we may well be able to change the course of this problem”.

More than 80% of teenage girls suffer from menstrual pain. (Unsplash: Abbie Bernet)

“You lose iron, you lose energy”

For some, periods can cause debilitating pain, rage, depression, and suicidal thoughts.

Darwin student Emma King was among those who endured abnormally long periods of time before seeking help.

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