endo is hereditary and there is no cure! you have had it since you were born but it doesnt trigger off until u start ur first period! i started when i was 11 i had extreme pain and was taken into hospital through out my teen years they thought i had kidney stones, the pain would come and go but it wasnt until i reached 31 they finally found endo! i have had pills, the coil, injections and laparoscopies now waiting for my thrid, i now have irritable bowel syndrome as it has spread and my tubes and ovaries are damaged! i have endo on the left side but get pain on the right too and when i told my nurse i was worried it would spread further she said that it was already there it always has been. i had the chance to have children when i was 23-25 but being young i thought it wasnt the time but now its not likely that i would ever have children. if i had known or if i had been treated earlier even without cure i would of had a better chance as im now 33 going for the third laparoscopy and one of my tubes have to be taken out. so far with all the stories i have heard other people my age have had theyre children but have had to have hysterectomies. do i wait and hope one day that i mite meet someone and mite have a child while in pain or do i have the hysterectomy and cut off all my chances? i understand that everybody is different but i wish that i had of known this earlier or if i could of been told realistically instead of sugar-coated words!