Hello, my name is Brittany, and I am only 21 years old. When I was 19, I started to have very painful period cramps and began to feel sick right around my period. At first, I thought there was nothing wrong with that, until it became worse as time went on. Then I knew it was time to go see a doctor. Right around September of 2015, I went to go see a very good OBGYN. I told her all my symptoms, and she did a pelvic exam. That’s when she said I possibly have Endometriosis. My symptoms were what I described before to you all. Very painful periods and feelings of sickness. She then told me that I had to get a Depo-Provera (birth control) shot every 3 months to subside my pain and symptoms.
For about 6 months, it worked very well. But after those 6 months, it didn’t really work anymore like I wanted it too. At first, I only had those same symptoms that I described before for like 3 months. But then other symptoms with the same symptoms started to occur, like nausea, clamminess, coldness, soreness around my lower abdomen and vaginal area, painful bowel movement, and constant use of the bathroom to empty my bladder. I did take ibuprofen for the pain, but sometimes it didn’t work.
After a little while, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I went back to my OBGYN, this time to talk about how I had been feeling. So she suggested laparoscopic surgery to subside all these symptoms and to treat my endometriosis. It was a great relief!
Now on May 4, I am scheduled to meet with a well known OBGYN, since my OBGYN is no longer qualified to do surgery due to age. After my surgery, I will have to go on a strict vegan diet to also help myself out even more, whether I like it or not (and I don’t). But I am looking at the positive, and I would do anything to feel myself more and to feel as normal as possible. But the thing is, there is still no cure, and I have no choice but to make this my norm for the rest of my life or until they find a cure. You are not alone!
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.