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She was fed up with getting misdiagnosed

I got my first painful period at age 11. When I was younger, no one talked about how heavy flows and excessive cramping were not a normal part of a woman’s menstrual cycle. No one said the word endometriosis, and I don’t think anyone I knew even knew what it was. Their solution to my pain was either silence or birth control, usually a combination of the two.

When I was in my 20s, my pelvic pain kept changing, and doctors kept trying. I was poked with needles and misdiagnosed over and over again: ovarian cysts, irritable bowel syndrome, heavy flow, the list goes on. I was prescribed painkillers and birth control, but I was still in pain. It wasn’t until 7 years ago that my gynecologist recommended surgery. During the surgery, she found lesions around my uterus, and diagnosed me with endometriosis.

Their solution to my pelvic pain was either silence or birth control.

I’ve been searching (and suffering) for years, but I finally have the answer to what I have. My advice for all of you is to keep fighting. If you’re not finding what you’re looking for, go on the hunt for a new doctor. We’ve got this, 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.

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