I really could do with some advice. I was diagnosed with stage 4 endo nearly 20 years ago, I'm now 43! I have several laparoscopic surgeries which only provided relief for a few years. Five years ago, I underwent extensive surgery to 'unstick' my bowels from my uterus and I now suffer from IBD and experience chronic bowel pain with my period every month. By following a strict endo diet (no gluten/red meat/dairy/soy) and taking NSAIDs for my periods I have managed to live fairly well over the year with the pain, however things have started to deteriorate. I now have stomach ulcers so can no longer take NSAIDs and codeine results in constipation which aggravates the bowel pain further. My GP has run out of painkiller options. My (unsympathetic) consultant believes that either a total hysterectomy, going on the pill, or putting myself through chemically-induced menopause are the only options left open to me. All of these options terrify me, is there anything else I can do or am I at the end of the road! I really don't want to take chemical hormones as I like my mood and don't want it changed, but I scared that a hysterectomy will now reduce the bowel endo pain. Thank you.