After being diagnosed with endometriosis, I was relieved to finally have acknowledgment and proof that everything I was experiencing wasn’t because I was crazy.
For so many years I experienced discomfort with Intercourse, heavy and prolonged bleeding and unbearable pain! The pain became so horrific that it is was challenging for me to maintain my everyday life. During my cycle, I also felt weak, tired and I was so bloated that I looked like I was pregnant, but yet I kept being told nothing was wrong.
After my diagnosis I also felt angry at myself because, If I would've followed my instincts sooner, maybe I could've have prevented my infertility, but now I believe that I was given this reality to speak and raise awareness for others.
Endometriosis is a disease that unfortunately has a lack of awareness that leaves so many women without the correct diagnosis, support and appropriate treatment. Endometriosis happens when tissue typically found inside the uterus grows in other parts of the body. It may attack your pelvic structure, fallopian tubes, ovaries, the bowel, and the bladder.
Symptoms that I experienced with Endometriosis:
Severe menstrual cramps
Lower-back and pelvic pain
Periods longer than seven days
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Nausea and Vomiting
Pain during intercourse
Spotting or bleeding between periods
There is no cure for endometriosis, but I was fortunate to find a physician that has helped me manage my symptoms with birth control. I have also done acupuncture to help with the pain as well as over the counter Ibuprofen and Advil.
While on my journey to trying to conceive, I decided to seek a second opinion from a different Physician and that’s how I found that I have Endometriosis. From my personal experience, please follow your instincts, and don’t stop until you get the answers you need.
Are you struggling with Endometriosis? Read this excellent article posted by The Woman’s Group, published on June 15, 2017
Looking forward to our next chat.
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can. ~Frida Kahlo