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Getting a diagnosis

So ever since I got my period for the first time when I was like 13 I've been having quite heavy periods lasting 8-9 days and they would always be extremely irregular and unpredictable. It didn't use to bother me *that much* but around when I turned 20 I started having really (really) bad period pains and I started to have pains when I wasn't on my period as well. So last year, shortly before I turned 22 I decided to go on the pill. It definitely regulated my periods and they are shorter now and the flow isn't as heavy. I thought things were alright, but then I had a series of bad cramps both on and off my period. One that I had while I was off my period was so bad I actually thought I was going to die (and I don't normally have a low tolerance for pain). I am also tired all the time despite getting enough sleep. I went to see my GP, got referred to a gyno and had an examination and scan as they thought it might be polycystic ovary syndrome, but the tests and scans were clear. When I got back to my GP they suggested it could be endometriosis since that doesn't always show up on scans. I was told that the only way to be sure was to do a laparoscopy, but that since I'm already on the pill which would be the prime treatment for it, it seemed a bit much to do the laparoscopy.

I guess my question is whether or not I should do the laparoscopy? Even though I'm on the pill the pains haven't gone away, although they do seem to be less frequent, and I'm still tired all the time. I also jut really don't like uncertainty, but I don't want to make a big deal out of it if it turns out to be nothing and I also don't want to waste NHS resources.

Is getting the laparoscopy and the certainty worth it?

(sorry for the essay, I know it's long) Any thoughts would be very much appreciated! Thank you xx

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