Mum-of-two reveals her little-known debilitating side effect of Covid

Fashion designer mum-of-two reveals her little-known and VERY debilitating side effect of Covid – and almost a MILLION Australian women are at risk

  • Thessy Batsinilas, 32, was diagnosed with stage four endometriosis
  • She noticed more pain than usual between cycles and ‘black bleeding’ after Covid
  • A doctor has confirmed that it is a debilitating side effect of the disease

An Australian mother-of-two and fashion designer has spoken about the little-known side effect of having Covid when you’re diagnosed with stage four endometriosis.

Thessy Batsinilas, 32, went through several painful cycles of IVF to conceive her two ‘miracle’ children Zani and Jay after doctors told her having children naturally would be extremely difficult given the type of ‘endo’ whose she suffers.

The Brisbane co-founder of Sabo Skirt has continuously taken her 166,000 Instagram followers on the path to motherhood, and updated them again now that she has Covid.

There are approximately 800,000 women with endometriosis in Australia.

“Does anyone in stage four endo have the coronavirus and has it affected your pain or your cycle?” She asked on Thursday.

An Australian mother-of-two and fashion designer has opened up about the little-known side effect of having Covid when you’re diagnosed with stage four endometriosis

“Since I caught the virus, I now have pain between cycles and black bleeding. I am very worried thinking about what this is doing to my already inflamed insides.

‘There is no information about it…has anyone experienced it?’

To Thessy’s amazement, she received hundreds of direct messages from women saying they had experienced the same thing, although there was no quick hard evidence online.

Dr Deb Cohen-Jones, who lives in Western Australia, told FEMAIL there have been reports of worsening menstrual pain, irregular bleeding and heavier periods after Covid.

“This is likely due to stress on the body, increased cortisol levels and subsequent effects on normal hormonal rhythms,” she said.

To Thessy's amazement, she received hundreds of direct messages from women saying they had experienced the same thing, although there was no quick hard evidence online.

'There is no information about it...has anyone experienced it?'

To Thessy’s amazement, she received hundreds of direct messages from women saying they had experienced the same thing, although there was no quick hard evidence online.

Thessy (pictured four months after giving birth with Jay) gave birth to her son in 2021

Thessy (pictured four months after giving birth with Jay) gave birth to her son in 2021

“In addition, people with chronic pain noticed an increase in symptoms of pain and fatigue. Patients with endometriosis usually suffer from chronic pain and are therefore at higher risk of worsening pain.

“All of this usually resolves within a few months.”

Thessy has previously explained how her crippling endometriosis – a disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it – led her to menopause at the age of 27.

“I once looked at myself and thought your body was broken,” Thessy wrote in a blunt Instagram post. “You don’t work the way you’re supposed to. What a waste of a woman (sad but true).’

She had to undergo grueling surgery to remove a 14 centimeter cyst in her left ovary at the end of 2017 in order to conceive Zani, her eldest daughter.

Thessy had her left ovary and both fallopian tubes removed after being ravaged by the debilitating disease.

She had to undergo grueling surgery to remove a 14 centimeter cyst from her left ovary in late 2017 in order to conceive Zani, her eldest daughter.

She had to undergo grueling surgery to remove a 14 centimeter cyst from her left ovary in late 2017 in order to conceive Zani, her eldest daughter.

What is endometriosis?

* Endometriosis is present when tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb (uterus) occurs outside of this layer and causes pain and/or infertility.

* Two types of problems can occur when endometriosis is present – pain and infertility.

* There are three types of treatments for endometriosis – medical, surgical, and complementary or alternative.

* Symptoms include pain around ovulation and during bowel movements, fatigue, heavy and irregular bleeding.

Source: Endometriosis Australia

“I always considered my reproductive system to be my biggest flaw,” recalls the co-owner of Sabo Skirt.

‘Always so frail and weak, always letting me down. My scars were constant reminders of the battle I felt I was constantly losing. With each setback, I failed my fiancé, my family and my future.

In the past, Thessy explained how she found strength thanks to her business partner and sister-in-law Yiota Kouzoukas, who gave birth to her first baby in 2018 while also suffering from endometriosis.

In the past, Thessy opened up about how she found strength through her business partner and sister-in-law Yiota Kouzoukas (both pictured)

In the past, Thessy opened up about how she found strength through her business partner and sister-in-law Yiota Kouzoukas (both pictured)

“When something important in life gets you down, it’s so easy to give up,” Thessy said.

“There’s no point saying I have a problem, this bad thing is happening to me, if you don’t do something about it.

“I love encouraging all other #endoarriors to try to find solutions to this disease, and now my baby is going to be proof that things are possible if you positively work towards change.”

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