I'm 20 years old and from the UK. When I was 17, I was put on Cerelle (the mini pill) to help prevent severe migraines before my period. I cannot take the combined pill because I'm a migraine sufferer (have been since childhood, but they got a lot worse before my period).
For the first 18 months/two years, everything was peachy. My periods stopped completely, my migraines improved, and I had no side effects whatsoever. Awesome!
Then, about a year ago, my periods suddenly returned. Initially, they were quite light, only lasted 3/4 days, and were quite manageable, so I wasn't overly concerned. However, about six to eight months ago, my periods became heavier and lasted for a LOT longer. Now, it's not unusual for them to last 3, 4, or even 5 weeks. I'm on my period right now, and at this moment have been bleeding for close to two months. It may stop for a day or two, perhaps three if I'm lucky, but it always returns. It's becoming more than a little annoying and depressing. I've lost count of the number of pairs of underwear I've ruined, and the amount of times I've had to wash my bedsheets because I've leaked during the night, despite wearing 2 or even 3 pads to bed. It's driving me nuts! Work and college are a nightmare.
In terms of pain, it's not too bad. I get some cramps and occasional back pain, but it's very manageable. I've heard that endometriosis is incredibly painful, which makes me suspect I haven't got it, as I'm not in that much pain. It's mainly the near constant bleeding that's bumming me out. I'm also getting some nausea, but again it's not too bad.
I have a family history of endometriosis, both my mother and grandmother had it. My mum had to have a hysterectomy. I've booked a doctor's appointment, which is first thing Thursday morning (earliest they could book me in). Thankfully, I'm seeing the same doctor that prescribed me the mini-pill three years ago, and she has previously worked as a gynaecologist, so hopefully I'll be taken seriously!
Does this sound like it could be endo? Or is it just my body no longer liking the mini pill? Or something else? Any advice is appreciated.
Ugh, why are periods so annoying?!