I’m not sure if I’m even in the right place but, I was directed to this forum by a good friend and I’m looking for some advice. I’m 33 and have struggled with horribly heavy and painful periods since puberty. My periods are semi regular (between 27 and 31 days) and last for about 7 days but I often spot for serval days before it arrives each month. When I do get my period I am in agony: I am usually always physically sick, I am dizzy and have a hollow feeling in my legs which leaves me weak, I have cramps in my tummy, lower back and tops of my legs and I turn into the most horrible person. I don’t function at all and usually take to my bed for a day or two until the symptoms start to calm down to a manageable level. This often means time off work. I have been to my doctors numerous times over the years but have been given very little support. The most common suggestion from my GP is to try various methods of birth control. In the past, this has worked to a point but, it has never really dealt with the problem. My husband and I have been unsuccessfully trying for a baby now for 20 months and I’m starting to get quite concerned if there is a link between my nightmare periods and the fact we are struggling to conceive! Obviously I have not been using birth control which has meant my periods are at their worst and with every month that passes and every painful period that arrives I am feeling more and more depressed and less and less able to cope. In August last year I went to my GP to discuss the fact that (a) my periods were becoming unmanageable and (b) that we were struggling to conceive and she pretty much just ignored the period issue and concentrated on our struggles to conceive. She carried out two tests: firstly I had to have a blood test to check that I ovulate, which I do. And secondly my husband had a sperm test to check that his swimmers are swimming, which they are. At that point she said we had to continue to try for another year and then if we were still unsuccessful she would refer us for further tests. We feel like we have been left in limbo. I have made an appointment to see my GP on Friday and want to ask to be transferred to a gynaecologist for further tests. Does anyone think my symptoms sound like I could have endometriosis? If so, what should my next steps be?