I'm completely new to this site but I've seen all the lovely responses you give. If it's okay, can I have a little moan and hopefully hear some of your stories?
I'm currently waiting for an ultrasound. About 2 months ago I had bleeding after intercourse. It had happened before but the tiniest amount. This time however was really really heavy, cramps like a period. I was really shocked by it. It lasted 5 days and I had only finished my period the week before. I went to the walk in centre and was referred the sexual health clinic where I was treated with very little respect. I had an internal examination and because I had extreme pelvic pain I was told I had pelvic inflammatory disease and that I had caught this sexually (the doctor gave me false information and made me feel really humiliated). I refused to believe what he said as I've always checked regularly, and when the results came back from my STI tests etc they were all negative. I took the antibiotics anyway and surprisingly they didn't work, the pain was still strong.
I was tempted to ignore the pain and put the blame on my pill (I've been on Cerelle for 4 months so maybe I was getting used to this?) However it was the week before my period and the pain and cramps were worse so I saw my GP. Luckily, I have a fab relationship with my GP, and he really listens to me. I explained everything and he asked me some more questions. I had been diagnosed with IBS earlier in the year but after chatting I made the connection that it's always worse around my period. At the moment I have pain when my bladder is full and I'm having horrible problems with my bowels. my pelvic pain at the moment has calmed apart from constant pain on my left side and back pain. It's been hard working out certain symptoms because I also have psoriatic arthritis. My doctor mentioned Endometriosis straight away. Sex gets painful but I had just put it down to other things, Before I went onto cerelle i had a bit of a break and my periods were horrendous, i also had a really strong metallic taste in my mouth which i have had this month for the first time since going onto Cerelle. Apart from this break I have been on Cerazette and briefly yasmin so the doc thinks this could have masked things. Also when I came off cerazette I bled for 7 weeks and became anaemic.
I really hope that my GP pushes this, because from what I've read an ultrasound usually doesn't show much? Has anyone else had problems with diagnosis or has it ended up being something else entirely? Sorry to have gone on but I'm feeling pretty lost...