Coping With Endometriosis: Update

Hello fellow readers!

I’m here today to touch on a subject that I still have trouble talking about most days. I mean, what woman wants to talk about her period? More accurately I want to give an update on how I’m currently dealing with my endometriosis.

What Is Endometriosis?

In layman’s terms, endometriosis is a condition where tissue grows outside of a woman’s uterus. This affects the monthly menstruation with severe symptoms like nausea/vomiting, severe cramping, and extreme fatigue to name a few. There’s no known cause of endometriosis and there is no cure.

It took me almost ten years to be properly diagnosed with endometriosis, and to this point it has affected my life in almost every way possible. From financially (paying for my laparoscopy and losing pay every day I had to miss work) to mentally (my mood swings are killer).

Results of my Laparoscopy

Even after having my laparoscopy done to diagnose and remove some of the scar tissue, I had a single month reprieve from October to now. Thousands of dollars for a single month of not throwing up, not crying for hours on end with no sleep, unable to keep food down, body wracked with pain.

For the longest time, I thought these symptoms were just my low pain tolerance. Yeah, right. I feel like a damn champ considering what my body goes through monthly. The fact that prescription level pain medicine barely takes the edge off anymore scares the hell out of me. I don’t want to be dependent on pills.

Where Do I Go From Here?

This past month I sought out my fertility doctor as she was the first person to set me on the right path and told her of my returning symptoms. As a fertility expert, she questioned me on my plans to have children. My answer: I can’t begin to think of children when this “condition” takes up so much of my energy.

So we went back to the basics. I am starting off with classic birth control pills to see how that goes. After each period, if my symptoms are still bad, I call her and she switches up my treatment. Our last option (not counting surgery again) would be to have an injection that will essentially shut everything down to make life bearable if even for a short time.

It’s Okay To Talk About It

To all the women/girls out there suffering from severe menstrual symptoms, I urge you to speak to your OBGYN about it to get the proper diagnosis and to help spread awareness of this. Know that you are not alone and that it is okay to talk about it.

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