I didn’t know what was going on when I started having awful periods as a teenager. I was literally sick with heavy clotting and bleeding. And, I would sometimes have to miss school because of the painful cramps.
I saw many doctors, but they never helped me. They just brushed it all off as a part of womanhood. So, I continued to suffer till I was about 28 years old—a long time! That’s when I came across an article called “Could It Be Endometriosis?” in a magazine.
Well, I read that article, and it listed the symptoms of endo. Every single one of them sounded like what I had. So, I clipped the article out and made an appointment with a gynecologist. I brought the article to his office and read it out loud to him. I told him that the symptoms it mentioned all matched what I was going through.
He scheduled me for a laparoscopy a week later. After the surgery, he confirmed that I did, indeed, have endometriosis. Ladies—speak up! If you have an inkling of any of the symptoms of endometriosis, get in and get checked. Don’t take no for an answer.
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.