University student Rachael, 22, dreads the thought of periods because of the pain and discomfort she has to endure month in month out.
So bad is it, doctors once mistook her cramps for abortion.
“On one occasion, I was in unbearable pain.
When my parents took me to hospital, the doctors insisted on running a test to see if maybe I was aborting or in labour,” the soft-spoken girl tells the Star.
I once got a panic attack at home because of my period, and I had to be rushed to hospital.
Another time, I was in school and my period started when we were lined up for parade.
Racheal adds that at some point she got panic attacks
It got really painful and I had to be taken to class by a first aider.
When the pain got worse, I got a panic attack and had to be rushed to Nairobi Women’s Hospital, before my parents came for me.
The University of Nairobi student says she once started throwing up and having diarrhoea as she came from class at a local college.
I was going home from Zetech and my periods started. I alighted the matatu I was in and went to a nearby hotel because I was feeling ill.
The hotel manager took me to a chemist and called my mother and auntie to come pick me up.
She has resorted to walking around with Ponstan drugs when she knows her periods are about to start.
Contraception can sometimes delay your flow. It can cause an abnormal flow or one may start spotting over a long period of time