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Kristin’s Fight Like A Girl Story (Endometriosis)

Kristin's Story (Endometriosis)LRHey y’all! My name is Kristin. I am 22 years old and here is my story with endometriosis. During my middle school and most of high school days, I struggled with excruciating menstrual cramps and irregular cycles. It got so bad that I would stay at home in bed because it hurt to even move. When I was 17, my mother finally believed I wasn’t faking and took me to the OBGYN. After a few ultrasounds, they told me I had ovarian cysts and more than likely had endometriosis and I would need surgery. My doctor said I was the youngest patient that she had ever performed surgery on for endometriosis.

My doctors pushed for a hysterectomy, but my mother and I both said no. I wanted to try for my own kids at some point in my life. They also told me my chances of being able to carry a baby were very slim. So I had the laproscopic surgery and was told afterwards that I had all 4 stages of endometriosis. My doctor told me I was lucky to find it when I did because otherwise, I may not have lasted 5 years.

After the surgery, I still had irregular cycles and my pain wasn’t as bad, but I still had pretty bad cramps. A few years later I tried getting pregnant with my 1st husband and no luck! We later ended up parting ways. I reconnected with my high school sweetheart (we are currently married) and in the summer of 2010, I became pregnant. My pregnancy was really wonderful except for the first trimester.  I was low in progesterone so had to take medications during that time. I don’t know if this was due to endometriosis though.

I now can say that I have a BEAUTIFUL healthy 16 month old daughter! She is truly our miracle baby! I had to have a C-Section and my doctor saw on my charts that I have endo, so during that surgery she checked for any signs of more endometriosis and she said she coudn’t see any visible ones. I still have irregular periods and mild cramping but nothing too bad! We will be trying for our next baby in 2013!!

My advice to people is NEVER EVER give up!!

Submitted 7-27-2012

The informational content of this article 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.

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