This may be a little long, but if you're willing to read it I really appreciate it.
I'm 17 years old right now. I was "diagnosed" with endometriosis when I was 15. I put the quotations because they never actually did any sort of tests... I explained all of my symptoms and issues and it seemed like endometriosis was the only answer.
My periods are usually two weeks long minimum since I got my period when I was 11. My longest was when I was 16 which was just over a month. My gynaecologist put me on a few different birth controls until we found a good fit so I could skip my periods. Even though I'm doing what you're supposed to do to skip a period I still keep getting periods... in the middle of cycles, lasting for over two weeks just like before, very heavy, very painful.
It takes me a very long time to get an appointment with my gynaecologist. One night while I was sleeping I couldn't get up because I was in so much pain. I wear the heaviest pads I can buy to bed, sometimes even stacking them, and I bled through onto my bedsheets. My mum decided that heavy bleeding like that and the inability to get up meant I should go to the emergency even though it's happened before. I guess this time it was worse than usual, or maybe I just don't make it apparent enough when it happens. I don't really remember.
When I went to the hospital they told me they found a cyst on my ovary, but when I told the doctor it has happened before he told me that maybe this is just a common thing for me. He didn't really offer any advice or further precautions, nothing about the endometriosis journey I guess I'm on with my gynaecologist. He told me that I was too young to be diagnosed seriously and even though he thought it was endometriosis too that I should wait it out to see if I grow out of it since I'm a teenager.
Does anyone on here with endometriosis think that's what it is? I'm honestly still not sure. I get long, heavy periods. Sex is very painful. I can't wear tampons at all because they last maybe an hour maximum. I'm usually in a lot of pain near my ovaries quite regularly. The birth control isn't doing its job as far as I know, and my gynaecologist mentioned trying estrogen therapy.
Should I be seeing someone else about this? Was anyone else diagnosed with endometriosis with no tests? Should I be getting tested or something? I just sort of feel like I'm at a dead end. The birth control didn't work and it sounds like everyone on here has some sort of surgery to handle their endometriosis and I haven't even been told about anything like that. Help!! Help!! Where do I go from here?!