Putting an end to monthly misery
By RENEE REDMOND
KARLA EARLEY hopes a groundbreaking Southern Cross University trial will give her some relief from the debilitating effects of Premenstrual Syndrome.
In an attempt to rid herself of her monthly sad face, she enlisted in the university's clinical trials, aimed at helping women with PMS.
"My mother convinced me to do the trial. My PMS plays havoc on my husband and children, family and friends," Karla said.
"There's a voice in your head that tells you you shouldn't be doing or saying that, but you can't control yourself. It's like you become another person.
"I've given up taking my multi-vitamins and herbal remedies in preparation for the testing and I'm hoping the tablets will be positive."
SCU study co-ordinator Cathy Avila said a previous PMS trial she conducted in 2002 revealed a 50 per cent reduction in the symptoms of PMS.
"We're looking to see what happens this time around and we're hoping for additional improvement," she said.
For the next four months Karla will fill out a daily diary which focuses on how she is feeling after taking a tablet containing a mix of herbs, vitamins and minerals.
Karla said PMS had been a problem for her since she was 12 years old and hoped this trial would help.
"When I have PMS I can't control my actions or emotions. I snap at little things that wouldn't normally bother me ? like my husband leaving the pantry door open. I cry for no reason and at times I have felt suicidal," she said.
Cathy said 90 women from Lismore and Coffs Harbour had already enlisted, but she still needed another 50 to participate.
"I'm not just looking for PMS sufferers. I'd like to test women who don't experience PMS symptoms," she said.
Cathy, who also suffers with PMS, said she hoped her research would help women with the problem to live a more stable life.
"I know what it's like first hand. I have four children who watch me throw tantrums and stamp my feet from time to time," she said.
"It would be great to stay on the carrot juice and exercise regime without reverting to Tim Tams and Soap Operas every time we get PMS," she said.