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Young woman clutches her abdomen in pain.

Winnipeg Free Press: Shining a gaslight on ‘what women go through’

December 18, 2023 — 

When Ashley Gobeil was 15 years old, she began to experience incredibly painful periods.

“Like bleed-through-a-tampon-in-two-minutes, on the floor in the fetal position the first few days of every menstruation,” says Gobeil, now 41.

Her friends would stare at her open-mouthed when she told them how often she had to change her tampons; Gobeil, meanwhile, couldn’t believe they could keep theirs in all day. The pain began keeping her from school. Suspecting something was very wrong, Gobeil went to her doctor who told her what she was experiencing was normal, and to take a Tylenol.

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