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My girlfriend has been offered a fake menopause injection

Hello Reader, I've read several posts about many people having the menopause injection I'm reaching out because my girlfriend is so confused on what to do, she's suffered with stage 3 endo for about a year she had a lap and we waited 4 months for the pain to reduce but the pain was still there, it's an aching pain that she gets even when periods aren't due.

She has only recently stopped bleeding from her lap Christmas Eve... to be precise. she went to the doctors today, to see if they'd know why she was still suffering with pain and the doctor offered her this injection.

I've only really seen negative posts about this, and now I'm starting to worry could anyone give me there experience if they have had this done or know anything about it

She's such a beautiful girl inside and out, she's 20 years old she has 5 months left of University she's been struggling to get by with working as well as trying to get a degree as it is, I really don't want this to absolutely destroy her chances of finishing her degree.

Thanks for taking your time reading this means so much to me 💛

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There are other treatments for endo that don't have to be so drastic. If it seems too much she can seek a second opinion or explore other options. For example, I got diagnosed when I was 21, and I'm 22 now, and I was put on many different birth control pills before I found one that agreed with me. My endo is not very extensive, but I have been endo free and pain free, with much easier periods due to my birth control pill that is meant for endo. It is called tri-linyah. She may be able to have something like that rather than having an induced menopause. But again, it is up to her and her doctor. I hope she can find a treatment that works for her soon.

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I’m on zodelex injections which have stopped my periods... currently no issues.... I think there’s negative posts about everything if you look for it but for me I need these injections to shrink the endo, it’s a no brainier

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I had no issues when I was on Zoladex. You can’t be on it long term in any case as it’s strong medication. I would say give it a try.

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Hi - these injections (GnRH agonists) mustn't be given under the age of 23 as they can affect bone density and it might not be fully developed until more like 30. They are no longer recommended as a routine treatment for endo in the new NICE guideline and in any event are often not effective for more severe stages of endo. She must be treated in a BSGE accredited endo centre if not already.

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I had a positive experience of these injections, which I had alongside an hrt to protect my bones. I am in my 40s, not 20s. In my case it was to shrink stage 4 endo ahead of surgery

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I have been on the injections for nearly 4 months now and haven't had my periods etc, regarding to pain it reduces the pain massively for the first couple months now it slowly increasing and hormones are all over the place, however like someone else commented different medication works for different people. I am also 20 years old Lindle

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She is thinking of giving it a try to see how it goes still abit sceptical of it, but guess we'll just have to wait and see, thank you all for your replies I love how everyone has taken the time to help out means a lot to me I hope you all keep fighting through it and stay strong x

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Just be ready for them hormones, my other half is so helpful through all of it, I start crying randomly so get ready to grab the chocolates, when anger strikes hold up the pillow for her. I shout at him or get iritable over the stupidest of things but just remember it isn't her it's the hormones.

I wish both of you the best that the treatment works because I know how hard it is for her and you because you feel so helpless but I promise you she is grateful for everything you do for her :)

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