Fashion designer mum-of-two reveals her little-known and VERY debilitating side effect of Covid – and almost one MILLION Aussie women are at risk
- Thessy Batsinilas, 32, has been diagnosed with stage four endometriosis
- She noticed more pain than usual between cycles & ‘black bleeding’ after Covid
- A doctor has confirmed this is a debilitating side effect of the condition
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, had multiple painful rounds of IVF to conceive her two ‘miracle’ children Zani and Jay after doctors told her having kids naturally would be extremely difficult given the type of ‘endo’ she suffers from.
The Brisbane co-founder of Sabo Skirt has continually brought her 166,000 Instagram followers on the journey to motherhood, and has updated them again now she has Covid.
There are approximately 800,000 women who are living with endometriosis in Australia.
‘Has anyone with stage four endo have the coronavirus and did it affect your pain or cycle?’ She asked on Thursday.
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
‘Ever since I got the virus I now have pain in between cycles and black bleeding. I’m very worried thinking about what it’s doing to my already inflamed insides.
‘There is no info on this… has anyone experienced it?’
To Thessy’s amazement she received hundreds of direct messages from women saying they had experienced the same thing, despite there being no hard and fast evidence for it 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 post Covid.
‘This is likely due to stress on the body, cortisol levels being raised and subsequent effects on the normal hormonal rhythms,’ she said.
To Thessy’s amazement she received hundreds of direct messages from women saying they had experienced the same thing, despite there being no hard and fast evidence for it online
Thessy (pictured four months postpartum with Jay) gave birth to her son in 2021
‘In addition those with chronic pain have noticed increased symptoms of pain and fatigue. Endometriosis patients generally suffer chronic pain and thus will be at higher risk of worsening pain.
‘All of this usually resolves within a few months.’
Thessy has previously spoken about how her crippling endometriosis – a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of it – sent her into menopause at the age of 27.
‘I once looked at myself and thought your body is broken,’ Thessy wrote in a candid Instagram post. ‘You don’t function like you’re supposed to. What a waste of a woman (sad but true).’
She had to undergo a gruelling surgery to remove a 14 centimetre cyst in her left ovary in late 2017 in order to conceive Zani, her eldest daughter.
Thessy had her left ovary and both her fallopian tubes removed after they were ravaged by the debilitating disease.
She had to undergo a gruelling surgery to remove a 14 centimetre cyst in her left ovary in late 2017 in order to conceive Zani, her eldest daughter
What is endometriosis?
* Endometriosis is present when the tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) occurs outside this layer and causes pain and/or infertility.
* Two types of problems can occur when endometriosis is present – pain and infertility.
* There are three kinds of treatments for endometriosis – medical, surgical and complementary or alternative.
* Symptoms include pain around ovulation and with bowel movements, fatigue, heavy and irregular bleeding.
Source: Endometriosis Australia
‘I always thought of my reproductive system as my biggest flaw,’ the Sabo Skirt co-owner recalled.
‘Always so fragile and weak, always letting me down. My scars were constant reminders of the battle I felt I was constantly losing. With every setback, I let my fiancé down, my family down and future self down.’
In the past, Thessy has spoken about how she found strength through her business partner and sister-in-law Yiota Kouzoukas, who gave birth to her first baby in 2018 despite also suffering from endometriosis.
In the past, Thessy has spoken about how she found strength through her business partner and sister-in-law Yiota Kouzoukas (both pictured)
‘When something significant in life gets you down it is so easy to just give up,’ Thessy said.
‘There is no point just saying I have a problem, this bad thing is happening to me, if you are not going to do anything about it.
‘I like to encourage all the other #endowarriors out there to try and work towards solutions with this disease, and now my baby is going to be proof that things are possible if you positively work towards a change.’