Jenni Rempel writes:
I was 21 and had just moved to NYC to do a summer internship. I was living in an intern apartment with my first-ever roommate and was a little embarrassed about having my period around someone I didn’t know well.
I had bought a Diva Cup to use during my trip but had never tried it before. So my period started and I went to try the Diva Cup for the first time, but I couldn’t get it in right! I tried about 5 times until it finally stayed but it didn’t feel like it was inserted correctly.
My roommate and I had to run off to an event we were volunteering at so I figured it was good enough and decided to just leave.
Once we got on the subway I started to feel really bad cramps and got very woozy. Then I started to get a fever and needed to lie down. By the time we reached our stop I couldn’t stand anymore and needed to go to the bathroom, badly. I was feeling really bad so I parted ways with my roommate and switched trains to go home.
I even laid down on the subway bench (luckily it was a Sunday morning and the train wasn’t crowded) on the way back. When I got back to the stop near my house I was so weak I could barely move. I had to crawl up the stairs to the subway exit.
I hobbled into the first place I saw, which was an IHOP restaurant, and asked to use the bathroom. At first they wouldn’t let me because I had to buy something in order to use the washroom. I was so woozy and in so much pain I couldn’t think straight and collapsed on the waiting bench.
I finally asked for a bottle of water, gave her $20 and was allowed to go to the washroom. I tried to go to the bathroom but I was very constipated.
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It took me about 10 minutes to get the Diva Cup out and it was almost full of blood when I removed it. I had never had a very heavy period before so I was pretty surprised and concerned to see this.
Even after I took the cup out and tried to use the washroom I was still in so much pain which continued to get worse.
Because I was new in the city I didn’t really know anybody to ask for help, but I knew I was too sick to climb the stairs to my apartment or walk home. The hostess came into the washroom to check on me and I asked her to call an ambulance.
As the paramedics took me away the hostess gave me my bottle of water and change. She really wanted me to buy something!
I ended up taking an ambulance to the hospital where I was diagnosed with “unidentified gastritis”.
Afterwards I keep having painful periods like this and was eventually diagnosed with Endometriosis a painful chronic disease. Talk about the worst period ever!
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