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Possible endometriosis?


I'm new here. I'm 21 years old and have suffered with very very painful periods since I first started having them, pain relief doesn't alleviate the pain much and I often find myself unable to stand/carry out everyday tasks when I'm on my period. I'd class my periods on the heavier side but not overly excessive. I have pain when I'm ovulating but it usually subsides after a day or so post-ovulation. I also suffer with dyspareunia (painful intercourse). I'm at my wits end, I tried to have the coil but my doctor couldn't fit it unfortunately. Other birth control methods like the combined pill and the mini pill made me feel so poorly so I came off them. I've read loads of academic journals on endometriosis, sometimes I think I must have it and others it doesn't fit the symptoms I'm experiencing. Anyone with personal experience willing to offer me some advice? It would be greatly appreciated, this is really affecting my life not just during menstruation but other times too.

Thankyou so much for taking the time to read this!

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I'm 23 and literally had these problems, I pass out and am sick with the pain I am in during periods. The GP told me continuously that I didn't have endometriosis and I need to cope with it using pain relief. I had an USS which showed PCOS. I put it down to that for a while but one particularly bad period I ended up in a and e after collapsing in a shop 😵 The consultant wrote a letter to my GP to refer me for a consultation by a gynae my go turned around and said I'll refer you but I see no point because I don't think you have it. The gynae suggested a lap. I had it a day ago and lucky I did, my endo is bad and infiltrating my bowel and blocking a tube hence the extreme pain during period and intercourse! Get it Persued because you know your own body!!!


Hi! I'd definitely ask your GP for a referral for Gynae. I was 23 when I was misdiagnosed by a GP, which resulted in my ending up having emergency surgery for an ovarian cysts (GP said I had a kidney infection). Anyhoo, it wasn't until I was 29 that I was finally diagnosed with Endometriosis, after 3 years of unsuccessfully trying to conceive with my husband. If I'd been diagnosed sooner I might not be where I am now, nor would I have suffered with horrible symptoms for so many years. Also, a snipet of advice: If the GP won't refer you-see a different one. Don't take no for an answer...they don't always know best! Good luck! Let us know how you get on x


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