When I was eight years old I got my first period. I had a lot of cramps that used to put me in the hospital. My mother thought I was too young to see a gyno so I didn’t see one. My mother picked my doctor when I was 16 and I hated her so much. She told me just to take birth control and I’d stop being in pain. When I was 18 I told her I wanted to know why I’ve been in so much pain for ten years. She did exploratory surgery and she told me I was fine. I thought maybe the pain was in my head. I got pregnant shortly after and all my pain disappeared. I felt great for the first time in so long.
After I had my daughter I moved in with her father. I started having pains again. I had a hard time getting out of bed every time I got my period. I got a new gyno and she told me I was fine. I got fed up with it and switched again. This time a doctor told me I have PCOS and that I’ve had it for a very long time, that’s why it hurts so much. Birth control would help control it, she took a blood test and a pee test. She told me I was insulin resistant and a pre-diabetic. I started a diet for it, hoping I’d feel better. Four weeks later I ended up in the ER for really bad pelvic pains and uncontrollable bleeding. The doctor looked me in the eye and told me I was six weeks pregnant and not to plan for anything. A cyst popped near his head and he had a brain bleed. I waited to miscarry but he wouldn’t come out. I was 14 weeks when a doctor had to take him out of me. He had no heartbeat, he stopped growing, he was gone. I then looked for a specialist in PCOS, I didn’t want to feel that type of emotional pain again.
When I first met the specialist she wanted to give me another Lap surgery. After she gave me one she told me I had endometriosis and PCOS. It wasn’t too big yet and she burned what she could see, but it will grow back. Finally, after 14 years, I know the answer (I’m 22). She also told me I need to see two other doctors (bladder and colon) because there might be something wrong with them too because of the endo. I’m on a waiting list to see the doctors but I hope to hear from them soon.
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