Hi, I'm 17 and I am on a waiting list at the moment to see a gynecologist as I have suspected endometriosis.
A lot of people don't take endometriosis serious enough and probably don't even realise that they might have it themselves.
As I'm a teenager my self, I understand girls my age being embarrassed to talk about their periods and how they feel about it. I used to be embarrassed myself.
My mum had endometriosis but luckily got it removed with a total hysterectomy as she didn't have to keep her ovaries anymore as she is 45 and isn't planning on making any more children.
I think people need to understand that a lot of different people have different symptoms.
You, yourself might have endometriosis and not even know about it! It is a very serious disease with stages and no cure.
Some people, like my mum, don't even have a heavy period, but have other symptoms, and others like myself, have heavy, painful periods, ongoing migraine- like headaches, lower back pain etc. etc. (Keep in mind I might not even have endometriosis, I'm on the waiting list to see a gynecologist.)
My aim by writing this blog is to increase awareness in endometriosis and make young women, like myself feel confident enough to talk about their periods. It's a natural process.
Until I first started reading a blog about endometriosis when I found out my mum had it, I didn't even realise my periods were more different than an average person's. As I didn't talk to anyone about it, I thought everyone had the same amount of pain as I did and were just hiding it better. I had to go to the toilet to change my pad during and after every lesson the first couple of days of my period and sometimes, no, scratch that, quite often even had to come home because of the pain I was going through. It took me a while to think to myself what if I'm going through more pain than others, and if my periods are heavier than others. It was always just a thought at the back of mind. But that's all it was. A thought.
The time I really realised something was not quite right was about 6 months ago, I was at school, on my period and everything was fine. I mean yes I had a little discomfort but that was it. It was nothing like what I had experienced later on. Also, I should add, as I was in 5th year, we were getting ready for our final exams and I had a history assignment to do right after school that I just could not miss as it was 25% of our final grade. I was just going over my notes for that and out of nowhere had this unbeleivable pain in my lower abdomen and pelvic. It was so bad that all I could think about was the pain and I had never experienced anything like it before. It was so painful that I found it hard to walk properly and I remember telling myself it's just cramp and it will go away in a few minutes or at least half an hour. It didn't. I took one 200mg ibuprofen and it still didn't go away. I remember sitting in my last class before the assignment thinking of what I could tell my teacher as I thought there was no way I could do that assignment with this pain and I couldn't tell my teacher that I was on my period. That would be too embarrassing, right?
The pain gradually got worse and I started crying in class and just as the lesson was about to end, I still don't know how, (probably the ibuprofen kicking in) just went away. I mean it was still there but 10x less than what it was before and I managed to do my assignment with no problem so that was good (phew!). But ever since then all my periods have been accompanied by the same amount of pain, even worse, if that's possible and just recently I've actually started getting these pains when I'm not even on my period, either right before my period I get this weird pain on my lower abdomen or after my period I still continue getting 'cramps'. At least now I know that they're not cramps. And hopefully you do too.
Please feel free to message me about any of of your experiences or queries (I sound like a doctor. I AM NOT. I'm just a young girl trying to get a point across and hopefully help people in doing so.
I want to try and keep a blog and update it whenever it's necessary for updation.
Thank you for reading and I hope you can be a part of my journey. X Tara