Hi everyone, I'm new here but just asking for some advice. I'm 25 and from Belfast, never been sexually active but always struggled with period pain, irregular and heavy periods, and really sharp, painful cramps after physical exertion, such as running. Last year I saw a gynaecologist after waiting for about a year for the appointment, and she diagnosed polycystic ovarian syndrome. I told her I thought the issue was endo, but she said treatment was the same (contraceptive pill), so it didn't matter whether it was endo or PCOS, and if the pain didn't improve to then come back for possible laparoscopy.
I asked my GP a few weeks ago for a new referral as I've been having persistent breakthrough bleeding while on the pill - something I find really concerning. The pain is not as bad as before, but it is still enough to take mefanemic acid (prescribed by gynaecologist) to numb it for a few days. On top of this, I was diagnosed with CFS/ME last year, so I'm always tired - not a good mix.
Long story short, I have been told I will be waiting a year for a new gynae consultation, never mind a diagnostic operation. Is it worth going privately for a consultation? And is it then possible to go back to the NHS for the surgery? I can't afford the medical bills, but I just want peace of mind... does anyone know how this all works in Northern Ireland?