Hi I'm Kelly,
I discovered around 5 years ago that during my period I would get rectal bleeding. The blood is always very red and quite often very heavy (sometimes so heavy that I would have to wear a sanitary pad day and night and the amount of blood from both passages was equal). For the first year or so I didn't seek any medical advice or tell any of my family but for the last 4 years I have been back and forth at the doctors to try and find out what is going on. I have undergone two colonoscopies and both times nothing abnormal has shown up and I have been told two monitor my symptoms and see if they continue.
During one of my many doctors appointment the doctor asked me if I had ever heard of Endometriosis which I had not. After researching and reading into the condition it is something that I have been trying to push my doctors to investigate. Although I do not have what I would consider intense pain which a lot of women go through I do have a quite some of the known symptoms including rectal bleeding only during menstruation, occasional pelvic pain and pain during intercourse.
I have read that the average timescale of being diagnosed is seven years. Even with this information it is hard not to feel frustrated and upset as I feel that doctors are not taking me seriously. I have my third colonoscopy booked in soon and I know that the results will come back normal and I will be back to square one. I know that it is only 30-40% of women with the condition that have problems with fertility but as a young women it's something that is very important to me and if I do have the condition and this could potentially affect me I want to know.
I would really appreciate it if anyone who has been through similar or have similar symptoms as me has any advice on what I should do.
Thank you! xoxox