I knew something wasn’t right. My periods were always heavy. Sex was painful. And I would be so bloated, my pants in the morning wouldn’t fit in the afternoon. I went to see 4 different doctors, and received 4 different ideas on what I should do for my pelvic pain. One said it was irritable bowel syndrome and to go see a specialist. One said I needed to diet and exercise. Another just told me to drink lemon tea for the bloating. And the last gave me a pat on the head and a prescription for birth control. All of them said it was in my head, and it would go away. This process went on for years.
When I was in my late twenties, a friend’s sister heard about my symptoms (she was going through something similar), and referred me to her gynecologist. He was the first doctor to really hear me out about my pain. “Endometriosis,” he said. FINALLY—validation. My pain was real. We did a laparoscopy to confirm and then discussed possible treatment options.
It took years to figure out what I had, but I’m so glad I have a name for my condition. I had trouble finding a doctor who listened to me, so it’s important for us to take care of ourselves and speak up!
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