A young woman who suffers agonising period pains that leave her unconscious and suicidal claims doctors refuse to cut out her womb because she “might want kids one day”.
Kacey Read, 21, has suffered with horrific period pains that leave her involuntarily screaming, vomiting and sometimes unconscious since she was 12.
Doctors tried various birth control methods to manage the pain as a teenager with no success, leaving Kacey suicidal and unable to hold down a job.
Kacey has begged doctors to remove her womb to stop the pain and help her mental state, but said they refused due to the fact she ‘might want kids one day’.
Experimental linguistics graduate Kacey is crowdfunding to pay for the op privately.
Kacey, from Brighton, East Sussex, said: “Every doctor said I’d grow out of it. But nearly ten years on, I’m still getting cramps so severe that I pass out from the pain.
“It isn’t just the physical pain I experience, but also the cyclical emotional dips I go through because of my periods. So I really don’t get a day’s rest.
“I’m tired of it making me so depressed that I can’t get out of bed for a week. I’m tired of having to plan my life around it.
“When I’ve asked about having a hysterectomy, I’ve been told by medical professionals that it’s not possible, I’m too extreme and that it would ‘destroy me as a woman’.
“I’m tired of doctors taking away my autonomy and telling me they can’t operate because I might want kids one day.
“I’ve had suicidal thoughts because of this – it’s not about whether I have kids, it’s about whether I have any quality of life.
“I’m an adult and I’ve made my mind up. I want this to end.”
Kacey’s extreme period pain is likely to have been caused by an underlying medical condition such as endometriosis or adenomyosis.
She has never been formerly diagnosed with either of these conditions, which are known to be incredibly hard to identify, with women often suffering for years before they are officially treated.
Kacey was due to undergo an investigative laparoscopy to see if she has endometriosis, but the procedure has been cancelled twice over the past 12 months due to Covid-19.
She is now fundraising for the surgery to be done privately and hopes to raise £8,500 for the operation and consultation appointments.
Kacey said: “It will mean I won’t have to face four or five days of unbearable pain – and I won’t have to keep calling in sick.
“In terms of my mood, it’s not an instant fix, but I’m hoping it will help. I think this is the perfect treatment. I can finally have autonomy over my body.
“It’s not fair that I have to try and raise £8,500 just to be in control of my own life. I don’t want to be doing this, but it’s my only hope.”
To donate visit – https://uk.gofundme.com/f/kaceys-hysterectomy