I struggled with heavy periods and pelvic pain until I started taking birth control in my early twenties. For a few golden years, I didn’t have to think twice about my period. It came and went with little to no pain. I thought my body was back to normal.
When I started having minor cramps, I didn’t think anything of it. I thought it was natural. But the pelvic pain kept getting worse. I decided to go to my doctor, who I’d been seeing for years. I remember she asked me what was going on, and I froze. I couldn’t put into words how I was feeling. I left her office that day in a panic and in so much pain.
It wasn’t until I had pain with sex when I decided enough was enough. This pain clearly wasn’t going to disappear on its own. My next doctor’s appointment was nerve-wracking. I made a list of all my symptoms and even created a pain diary for her! She was so sweet, and suggested a laparoscopic surgery to check out what was happening. The surgery confirmed I had endometriosis.
I got my diagnosis over a year ago, but I’m still learning about my endometriosis. The whole experience taught me just how important it was for me to talk to my doctor. If there are women out there suffering from pain like mine, follow your gut and speak up. Knowing what you have is so much better than not knowing!
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.