I got my first period when I was 13 years old. And everything was fine. No cramps. No stabbing pain. Nothing. That all changed when I was 33.
I remember waking up one morning with a throbbing pain in my crotch. I assumed it was cramps, but then remembered I wasn’t due for my period for another 2 weeks. The pain was so bad, I could barely sit down for more than a minute. That’s when I knew something was definitely wrong. My husband rushed me to the hospital and I spent all night in the ER. My doctor ran some tests and said that I was experiencing symptoms of endometriosis. He suggested I get a laparoscopic surgery so we could get a concrete diagnosis. A few months later, I went in for the procedure. The results came back; it was endometriosis.
I used to not know anything about endo. But since “D-Day” (diagnosis day), I’ve done a lot of research and have found a lot of support in my community. It’s so important to remain endo strong and to help out your fellow endo sisters. Keep your heads up, ladies!
This story was submitted by a real woman and reflects her personal experience. It does not reflect AbbVie’s thoughts, opinions, or beliefs. Before making any changes to your treatment or lifestyle, consult with a physician.