All my life, I’ve had terrible periods. From the very beginning, the pain was severe. The bloating was unbelievable. Some days, I’d be nauseous. Other days, I would have diarrhea. But when I told my gynecologist, she just told me painful periods were normal and to lose weight; that doing this would help my symptoms to go away. I found this very upsetting.
Over the years, my painful periods only got worse. My husband worried about me because I had trouble sleeping from the pain. And, I also had started to experience pain with sex. But my gynecologist would just continue to suggest I lose weight.
Eventually, I was forced to change doctors because my husband and I moved from the East Coast to the Midwest. Since my husband and I had been talking about starting a family, I found a gynecologist who specialized in fertility. During my very first consultation with him, I told him all about my awful periods.
He was different than my previous doctor. He didn’t think my pain was normal, and he didn’t tell me to just lose weight. He actually told me he thought I might have endometriosis. He wanted to perform surgery to confirm this.
Six weeks later, I had the surgery, and it was confirmed that I have endometriosis. I can’t believe that, after all this time, it just took seeing a new doctor to find answers. If you think something’s wrong, tell your doctor. If he or she doesn’t listen, find another doctor who does. You know your body best. Trust your instincts, because this kind of period pain isn’t normal.
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.