My name is Diana. I’m 23 and I was diagnosed with endometriosis on January 21st of 2011 which was when I had my lap procedure done. I had always had painful periods growing up even though my period started at a normal time for a girl. It wasn’t until 2 years prior to my lap surgery that the painful cramping began.
Then, things started changing. The one I noticed right away was that I was having problems with bowel movements as they became more and more painful. At that point, sex also started becoming more painful at times, but was more frequent the closer it came to my lap date. I also had more issues at work in terms of my pain, and even socially, as I’d be at work or out somewhere and I’d have to duck into a bathroom for a long period of time while the pain subsided enough to where I could go back in and work. The point that drove me to actually talk to my gyno about it was when I was at my boyfriend’s place and I dropped to my knees in pain and was bawling.
When I went to see my OBGyn, she was so understanding and knew exactly what I was talking about and it made me feel better knowing that someone didn’t think I was crazy or that I was just having really bad period cramping. They did the lap procedure and found me to have mild endo, which was good, but they informed me, and I have since found out, that there are microscopic endo cells that they can’t get and, even now, I can feel it sometimes though not nearly as bad as I used to. I still wanted kids but didn’t want to be placed in menopause state so I went on the Depo Shot. I’ve been on it now for 9 months and during this 9 months I’ve only had pain associated with it maybe 3 times.
I know that there’s always the risk that it can come back, and I’m a bit worried in the future of not being able to have kids, but I’m still going to fight on and make it through no matter what. I wish you ladies the best in your fight against endometriosis and I hope that one day there is a cure for this that completely reverses and eliminates it.
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