Luckily I have never had particularly painful periods and they have been regular since I started at 14. But this year I have had periodic chronic abdominal pain and was diagnosed with a 5cm endemetriotic cyst on my right ovary. I had a laparoscopy two weeks ago where they removed the cyst (it burst during surgery so recovery is taking longer than expected). They also discovered moderate endometriosis on the right side and burnt it away. I'm meeting with a doctor on 8th Jan and they have told me I will need hormone injections to temporarily induce the menopause for three months followed by continuous use of the pill. The hormones will give me side effects of the menopause. I am already suffering with depression and on medication for it and I also suffer with migraines. I am particularly worried about the side effects giving more depression. Also I'm wondering if this treatment is the best option anyway. They have removed the endo they found and now the cyst has also been removed I'm assuming I won't be in pain as I've never particularly suffered with my periods in general. I am 40 and haven't given up hope of having a baby at some point although as I'm not currently with a partner I think the doctors assume it's not an issue. I was also told that my age is more of a factor than the endo in getting pregnant so to be induced into an infertile state for several months is a bit of a confusing option.
Has anyone had this treatment? Would you recommend it? How were the side effects? Any help would be gratefully received. I'm trying to get as much feedback so I can have an informed discussion with the doctor in January.
All the best x