Kristen’s story of pain


“Well, you look like you’re doing great to me”

I know he was just trying to be kind; he was probably trying to reassure me that everything wasn’t all bad, but I stared at him in disbelief.

I’d just told my GP that for the last few months, I hadn’t been feeling myself. That monthly, for a couple of days, I was in so much pain that I could barely move. I was nauseous. I felt anxious. I couldn’t sleep. I was only 17 at the time, so going to the GP to discuss these issues was a huge step for me.

This was the beginning of a long journey that lasted almost 6 years. After being told by countless doctors that I was just experiencing ‘bad period pain’ and that there was ‘nothing they could do’, I finally found a GP who took me seriously. And what a difference that made. Investigations were done, surgeries were had, medications prescribed, and today I can function well for 28/28 days of my cycle.

Women often face bias in the healthcare system

It’s no real news that women often face bias in the healthcare system. Although we’ve come a long way with women’s health, there’s still a long way to go. If you ever feel like you’re not being listened to, try these few things.

1. Do your research

Healthcare providers are only human, and sometimes we’re wrong. There’s no harm in being equipped with knowledge. You’re your own best advocate. And if you feel like you’re still not being listened to, get a second opinion.

2. Bring notes

It can be a little nerve-wracking going to see a new healthcare provider, and it’s not uncommon to feel rushed. Write down all the things you want to say beforehand, so you don’t forget them during the appointment.

3. See a good Women’s Health Physio

At Brightside, we take the time to listen carefully and to help women in pain or discomfort. We are driven to understand and change your life for the better.

To start your journey out of pain or discomfort related to women’s health book with Kristen today – online at or call us on 02 4062 8862