Sorry my story is a little long but hopefully it will give a clear picture. I've always suffered with really painful periods, for which for the last few years I've spent the first day in bed on tramadol, rest of the time I was ok. My gp refered me to the gynae. I am breast cancer gene 2 positive so only ever took the pill whilst in my teens (when I didn't know) due to the increased risk. I was examined and scanned to see if everything was normal (which it was, gynae said I didn't fit for endo) and a mirena was suggested so had one put in. At the same time we discussed removal of my fallopian tubes because of my increased ovarian cancer risk which I agreed to. Approaching the op date I was still getting cramping and old dark blood, doc suggested maybe an infection, we decided to see what things looked like at the op. I spoke to the surgeon before the surgery and agreed that it didn't sound right so he replaced it during my op. When they found endo in POD bowel back or uterus- which scared the daylights out of me, hence why I then found this forum. My surgery was 5 weeks ago and I've since had a light period but I'm still getting this cramping in the afternoon and blood looks much fresher. My question is will this thing ever settle? As it is turning me into a ibuprophen junkie. It is stopping me from running which I desperate to do as I've put on weight since the surgery. I've just finished a course of antibiotics to see if it is an infection. No difference. I'm not sure I can wait 6 months for it to settle I'd rather be ill one day a month!