Hi all I hope this type of post is okay. I am feeling pretty scared/anxious/frustrated and don't really know how to talk about this subject to people I know yet.
About a week ago I was experiencing some bad abdominal pain/cramping. I was about 4 days before I was supposed to ovulate, so it was unusual. Also, it was in the middle, lower part of my stomach; my normal ovulation pains are sharp and on either the right or left side. This pain is what got me researching what could be going on, when I discovered endo. I had heard of it before but did not know what it was.
After reading the symptoms I can't help but think I may have endo. A little background: did not get my period until age 14. I am 26 now. Have been on birth control almost the whole time (went on it to help control my very heavy periods). Just went off of BC 7 months ago. Here are a few of my symptoms:
-very heavy flow
-painful menstrual cramps (not as bad as others here it seems, I have never vomited or passed out, but I do have to take ibuprofen every 4 hours and wear stick-on heating pads on the worst days of my cycle)
-fatigue, especially during ovulations and my period (I can remember high s
-long periods - used to be 10 or 11 days when I first got my period. My cycle was only 22 or 23 days long then also. Recently they have been 7 or 8, with a normal 28 day cycle.
-lots of bloating and just discomfort in my lower abdomen. especially during my period but on and off throughout the month.(I exercise 5x a week and eat a healthy diet)
-migraines - these are not nearly as bad since going off BC. maybe 1 a month now. I do get headaches at least once a week though still.
-cystic acne. again, not terrible but it pops up. I take a special supplement for this made by Murad which helps.
-pain during/after intercourse but its not terrible, and no bleeding after. I've thought this was normal to have a little bit of pain?
-upset stomach during week of period (some diarrhea and having to go more often than usual)
-usually have a UTI about once a year
One thing that is unusual though in regards to possibly having endo is that since going off BC my cycle is very regular. I always ovulate on the full moon and bleed starting on the new moon. However I do spot some before starting and when I ovulate.
I have an appointment with a gyno scheduled in 2 weeks. I just wanted to hear some of your opinions and maybe give me some advice on how to talk to her. I have read a lot of horror stories as far as being taken seriously on this issue. The pain and discomfort I can deal with but I'm worried for my fertility in the future. Thanks everyone in advance