If you’re suffering from Endometriosis or experiencing symptoms, seek medical advice from your doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.
The first time I ever heard of Endometriosis was back in the mid 1980s. I worked in retail, alongside with a large group of girls, most of us aged in our late teens. One of my co-workers arrived at work one day with the most shocking news. I will never forget our conversation. She told me she was booked in for a hysterectomy next week and that she would be off work for a while.
Through her tears, she told us the disease she had was called endometriosis and that it caused her to bleed two weeks out of the month, live in almost constant pain and that she could never have children. She was 18 years old. Her situation was so unbelievably cruel, but I now knew why she appeared so ‘distant’ and ‘serious’ at work.
After I left this job, I lost touch with my work colleague, but I certainly never forgot the name of her disease.
As I got older and entered my mid-twenties, I came across more and more women who had endo. Sometimes the stories I would hear would be of ‘trying for a baby’ then discovering they have endometriosis. I would always think to myself, “how awful and sad. Glad I don’t have this horrid disease”.
By the time I was in my late twenties, I was still looking to find my Mr Right (or was that ‘Mr Right now because I want children and my clock was ticking). I was definitely mindful of my age and how this could affect my fertility. The person who I eventually decided was my Mr Right, was not quite ready to settled down and start a family. He was only twenty-three, but, I’ve always been a risk-taker and I gambled on us having a happy ending. Well….
We did not to start trying for a family until 2003. By this time I was 35 and in complete panic mode over getting things moving if there were any obvious fertility concerns. After trying for six months, I took us off to the GP to request some investigations.