Hi all, new here and first post. Always had heavy, painful periods from when they started at 11 to when I was put on contraceptive pill at 16 for them. Came off pill about 10 years later to start trying for a family - few years pass by and nothing. Start tests and eventually conceive via IVF. Never had lap performed during this time - was put down to unexplained infertility. Had my little boy 3 years ago and have been plagued with ill health since. Some gastro problems (acid reflux predominantly), some strange allergy flare-ups, but mainly gynae-type problems: heavy periods, severe ovulation pain, pain that comes and goes at other times with IBS-type symptoms too. The pain is usually manageable but I did end up at A&E a few months ago with it and was referred to gynae. Have now had appointment and PCOS has been ruled out - given my history with infertility doctor has now recommended a lap to look for signs of endometriosis.
I'm worried about having surgery in case it's not this? Some of my symptoms match, but others don't. Gynaecologist thinks that all my years on the pill may have masked the symptoms during this time and I guess she could be right, but wonder why they've been so exacerbated post childbirth? After all these years I would love answers but surgery scares me!
Thanks for reading, and any advice or words of support would be greatly appreciated!