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She tried to ignore her period pain

A few years back, I started noticing severe pains during my period. Every month, the pain would be so intense that it would be a struggle to move for about 3 days. It sounds bad! But I didn’t want to admit that anything was wrong—I didn’t want to deal with it! I hoped that, if I ignored it, maybe it would just go away.

But one particular month, I was experiencing really bad pelvic pain on and off for a week. Day and night, I was in constant pain. That’s when I hit my breaking point and finally decided to see my gynecologist.

My gynecologist performed a laparoscopic surgery to see what was going on. After the surgery, he told me he’d found an 11-centimeter endometrial lesion on my right ovary and a few smaller lesions on my left ovary. I had endometriosis, and I was terrified. It was all happening so fast! I was so stressed out, and I couldn’t deal with it. I felt nauseous just sitting in his office thinking about it all.

But, since that day in the gynecologist’s office, I’ve had time to process my diagnosis. I’ve come to understand more about endometriosis and how it affects my body. I won’t lie! Endometriosis is a tough journey. It’s stressful and sometimes depressing. But it’s my journey, and I continue to step forward every day.

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.


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