My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with extensive endo after a laparoscopy in October. She has been very resistant to the idea of any further treatment. The consultant (who is reputedly one of the best for endo in the UK) has proposed removing the endo/adhesions during a further operation, and inserting a mirena coil. My (now 17 yr old) daughter has now agreed to the op but is resolute that she does not want the mirena.
The consultant implied that for someone so young to have such extensive endo means that she could be putting her future fertility at risk, although in October her fallopian tubes/ovaries were not yet affected. My daughter is reluctant to discuss or become involved in any research regarding her disease. She is trying to deal with it by not dealing with it. I understand she has had a lot to cope with (including a severe bout of glandular fever just after her diagnostic op in October, which is why we have waited until now to proceed with the further treatment op), and her main response is that she is 'too young to have to think about this now' and that the mirena is an invasive and unwanted treatment which will probably make things worse. The consultant admitted that there are 'very few' girls her age who have had the mirena, and this has hardened her resolve that he 'only knows about older women'.
I believe that the decision is for her to make, but has anyone out there any positive experience of the mirena at such a young age? Any other advice/suggestions for me to help my daughter through this?