Hi, although I have yet to be diagnosed with Endometriosis I have strong reasons to believe I have it. I have always suffered from regular heavy periods which have been extremely painful and physically and emotionally tiring on my body for around 2 weeks. Now however my periods have changed I am irregular and my periods are really heavy but only last for 1-3 days, although I get spotting and alot of pain for around 1 week either side of my 'lady week'. I also get alot of water retension and back pain, even during the time I am spotting. My mother, nana, auntie and cousin have all suffered from it from a young age. I have had a miscarraige at 8 weeks when I was younger, and when I was 19 I had a ectopic pregnancy at 9 weeks. I have not used any contraception with my boyfriend for the last 2 years as I was told I would struggle to have children since I now only have one fallopian tube. I am getting increasingly worried that my chances of having a child are slimming fast. I have been to my doctors quite a few times with my worries about Endometriosis and my fertility and keep being told that I should 'wait till I'm older before I worry about this' and also they wont refer me to a gynaecologist until I'm 25 as its 'most uncommon' . My cousin had to have an hysterectomy at 25, my mum and auntie and nana in their thirties. I am just wondering if anyone could let me know any tips on getting my refferal pushed through and also if anyone else has any information they think would be helpful I would really appreciate it? I refuse to look through website after website because quite frankly it just terrifies me but I would like to get advise of women going through it. Thank you.
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