During my early teenage years, I got my period. Throughout my teens, I struggled with painful cramps that lasted for months at a time. I tried different hormonal birth controls. At age 20, I even tried an IUD. Unfortunately, I still struggled with pelvic pain. Sometimes I even experienced pain with sex. For me, this was the final straw.
In the past, my gynecologist didn’t seem to take my symptoms seriously. It was very important to me to figure out what was going on—once and for all. Finally, I decided to look for a gynecologist that would take the time to listen.
My new doctor took my symptoms seriously enough to remove my IUD and perform a laparoscopy. After the procedure, my gynecologist told me that he saw lesions during surgery. He confirmed that I had endometriosis. Although he removed what endometrial lesions he could during the procedure, he told me they could come back.
Researching and knowing more about endometriosis helped me move forward. I spoke with my doctor about different treatment options and their pros and cons. I then went home and researched these options, and that helped me stay informed. Even though I know my pelvic pain could come back, this information has helped me to feel empowered when it comes to dealing with my endometriosis.
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.