Hi, my name is Laura. My endometriosis journey started when I was eleven years old. The day started out normal. It was Thanksgiving, and I had been spending time with my grandparents, mother and brother. When we got back to the house, I felt like something was wrong. So I went to the restroom and realized I had started my period for the first time. Normally when girls begin their periods, they only bleed for 3-7 days, but in my case, I bled for two weeks straight. I had huge blood clots, and I was always in pain. My mother decided to take me to a gynecologist. The gynecologist put me on birth control pills at the young age of fourteen to try to stop the heavy flow and pain. The pills worked for a while, but I was still having major pain. I always felt tired and drained of energy.
By the time I was in my twenties, I was in major pain almost every day. I saw two different gynecologists, and they told me that it was just part of my menstrual cycle. At first, I thought that maybe I was just crazy and the pain was all in my head. But as each month passed, the pain progressed. So I decided to do some searching for a gynecologist with a lot of experience. I finally found one by the name of Dr. Al Keller. He did an examination on me along with a vaginal ultrasound. Dr. Keller stated that just because the endometriosis does not show up on the ultrasound doesn’t mean that you do not have the disease. So he scheduled me for a laparoscopy surgery.
The surgery went off without a hitch, and afterward, I felt like I was a teenager again. Since that day, Dr. Keller has passed away, and so I had to find another doctor. I went to two to three other doctors, and they all made me feel like I was crazy. They said that being overweight was causing the widespread pelvic pain. I knew that this was not true.
So I looked into a fertility specialist, thinking that maybe a fertility specialist would know more about endometriosis since endometriosis causes infertility. The doctor that I saw was Dr. Moutos. When Dr. Moutos did an exam and vaginal ultrasound on me, he could tell that I was in pain. So now, four years later, I am getting ready to have another laparoscopic procedure. I am excited to know that in just a few days, all the pain that I have endured will be gone, at least for a little while. Endometriosis comes back.
The main reason I want to have the procedure done again is for the pain and so that I can get myself in better shape without having to be in pain while exercising. And hopefully within the next few years, I will have another kid. I have one girl who is almost 3 years old.
I hope my story inspires other women to not give up when the doctor tells you that there is nothing wrong, when you know your body and you know that something is wrong.
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.
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.