I am new to this community, and I'm also living in the United States, but I just thought that this website seemed like it had a great online community with an easy forum. I am a 22-year-old female, and I've been struggling with painful periods for as long as I can remember. I got my period late(around my fifteenth birthday)and they were really heavy from day one. Fast forward to seven years later, and I'm still struggling with my period. In the beginning of 2016, I went to my GP with intense urinary tract pain. I couldn't urinate at all(couldn't even drive because of the pain) and I thought I may have very well had a kidney stone. She did a very poor pelvic exam, got a urine sample, and asked no questions about my period/gynecological history. Eventually, she wrote me a prescription for an NSAID from the pharmacy. A few months later, I was going to a new GP, who told me that my symptoms(bowel pains during period, inability to urinate, heavy periods, and back pain) were possibly signs of endo or PCOS. I had heard of these conditions, but I'd never questioned whether or not someone my age could have them. I'd always associated endo with an older patient age group. So, I went to my first(ever)gyno visit a few weeks ago. . . and left wholly unsatisfied. I told the doctor that I'm sexually inactive, and I told her my entire medical history. She was unable to do a pelvic exam(way too painful for me)and so she suggested I go on the BC pill to see if it would help my symptoms subside. I had to decline(I'm Catholic, and I've been told no to going on the BC pill for medical reasons)and asked what other suggestions she had. That made her go a bit blank for a minute, and she finally suggested Norethindrone(progesterone, low-dose)instead. I told her I'd research it, and asked if we could do anything diagnostic at this point to see what it might be. She half-heartedly said she could do an ultrasound(not transvaginal, abdominal)and, if necessary, laproscopic surgery as a last resort. I scheduled the ultrasound, which came back fine. I could tell that she thought I was a bit of a hypochondriac. (I'm not. I just wanted to be thorough, as I don't have the resources to routinely go to a specialist.) She ordered no blood tests, suggested the progesterone again, and was unable to find a very large cyst in my right breast until I pointed out where it was. I don't want to take the progesterone due to the many negative side effects(weight gain, acne, etc.) Now I'm upset. I should have at least gotten my hormones tested, and I'm kicking myself for not asking for one. I felt like they shooed me away because of my age and lack of sexual history. She told me that self-care included plenty of water, advil, and a fiber supplement. I was wondering if anyone else on here has reached a similar point with trying to diagnose their period issues, and if they've resorted to an endocrinologist. I know my symptoms more closely align with endometriosis, but I have acne(very stubborn/persistent), facial hair, and more mood swings than I can count. I'm debating between finding another gyno(not an obgyn this time)and pursuing an endocrinologist to get my hormones tested. I just want to resolve this so I can get on with my life. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!