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Possible Endometriosis?

I'm 17 and have struggled with my periods since I first started 6 years ago. They are super irregular and very painful to the point where I sometimes can't walk. I get random pains throughout the month and bad cramps during ovulation. I don't have acne or weight problems so assuming its not PCOS!

Ive booked in to a see a doctor next week but they seem unlikely to give me a laparoscopy or anything due to my age!

Is anyone experiencing the same thing?

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I get all them except irregular periods. I’m 18 (19 next week) and I’m at the hospital on Friday to get put on the waiting list for a lap.

My gps and general gynaes all day I’m too young to have endo but an endo specialist at spire thinks I have it due to my symptoms xx

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yah I feel as though teens get dismissed as I've been told multiple times that the pain is only due to my age and I will grow out of it! How long has it taken you to reach that stage with the doctors? xx

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It’s a been a year and I’m still no further along tbh. My doctors seem to like going against a specialists opinion 🙄 and I’m see my 5th gynae on Friday who will hopefully let me have a lap

My doctors kept throwing contraceptive pills at me even though I refused them due to bad side effects.

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omg legit the same as me, I really don't wanna go on the pill after reading so many bad things about it, I feel like the doctors need way more info on endo as half of them barely even know what is it and just automatically throw the pill at you

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Endometriosis isn’t a condition that’s well researched and doctors don’t know much unless they are specialists. Honestly going on the pill made me gain a lot of weight which I’m trying to lose now after a year 😫 but it may work for you.

One gynae tried to induce menopause on me and at 18 going through the menopause stage was horrible. I took it for a week and was like nope 😂 xx

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That seems so extreme omg😂 thanks for your help tho hun xx

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I started my period when I was 9 and I was always in constant agony. When I was around 14 I remember going to my gp and them saying it was normal even though I used to throw up with the pain and go through one pad an hour. I went on the pill and that obviously masked my symptoms as I didn’t really have no problems after going on the pill apart from period pain which could be controlled with painkillers. When I was 18 I started getting more symptoms like bloating etc and pain every day. I finally decided to go to my gp when I was 19 and was instantly referred to gynae. My lap was booked after my second appointment with my gynae.

I think it truely depends on the doctor and whether they feel comfortable operating on teenage girls. If they say you are too young, question it and ask why not. Tell them that the longer they leave it the worse it could be in the future. Fight against them until you get booked in for a lap. After all we know our own bodies and we know when something is wrong x

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Thats good to hear as most people have said it takes ages! I will press them to refer me and hope they are willing to look into it more even tho I am only 17. thanks x

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Yeah I’m so lucky that I was diagnosed so quick. I’m only 20 so I know how you feel and it can be scary but definately put up a fight if they refuse. I’ve read many stories where girls have been to the gp and been refused and years down the line they have got severe stage 4 which could have probably been treated if it was found earlier. Mine was found only mild and I think that’s because mine was found at an early age x

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yah defiantly, its saving them expenses later down the line when it may be worse! I feel like its about emotional support as well as pain management, dealing with it at sixth form is such a struggle and it makes you feel so alone, this is why pages like this are good!

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Yeah I know I’m currently in university so I know what you mean it can be hard x

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