First off I’m so thankful that other women have shared their stories, I don’t feel like such an outsider. I’m 31 years of age and I have always had severe cramping and an overall horrible experience whenever I got my cycle. It would get so bad that I would get these horrible migraines, feel like something was stabbing me in my stomach, and miss tons of school whenever mother nature paid me a visit.
My mother took me to the doctor at 16 and they did an ultrasound. They found nothing and chalked it up to the unfortunate luck of just having a bad deal with mother nature. They offered to put me on birth control but my mother thought it wasn’t the best idea and instead opted for me to try and use ibuprofen and heating pads. Those became my go to pain relievers, needless to say it hardly helped.
Now fast forward to when I turned 23 and got married. My husband was concerned that I was always really sick, even his family would make comments like, “Oh she’s always sick, is she okay?” It was hard because I always felt like what is wrong with me? Why can’t I be normal?
I am almost done with school so we planned to try for a baby this summer. I went in for my normal annual pap and told my doctor our plan. At that exam she also did a pelvic exam and said my uterus felt swollen. I was like huh? She ordered an ultrasound. When the results came in I was shocked. She said, “You have a few things going on inside. You have a 7 cm cyst on one ovary and a 3 cm cyst on your other ovary.” She also said she felt like it was an endometrial cyst and that I had endometriosis. I didn’t know what to say, think, or feel. She proceeded to tell me that I needed surgery. The cyst was too big and if I wanted to get pregnant the first step was to get “cleaned out.” I have never had surgery in my life. My appointment is next month and I’m scared. I’m more scared to find out what they find once my laparoscopy is done. I’m thankful for this site and I hope that they find a cure for this disease. It seems so unfair. But I will stay positive and have faith that it will turn out okay in the end and if not I won’t allow it to be the end of me.
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.