If you’re suffering from Endometriosis or experiencing symptoms, always seek medical advice from your doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.
Throughout high school, I knew something was wrong.
My period pain was often so intense that I could hardly see straight, making it extremely difficult for me to concentrate on my studies.
I had been to see at least three different GP’s, all of which recommended new contraceptive pills to try and easy my pain.
By the time I was 18, I had trialled six different contraceptives, with no luck.
Pain was, and continues to be the norm for me. It wasn’t until I was 20 that I demanded to see a specialist about my pain, and at the behest of my GP at the time, she granted me a referral.
Upon seeing a Gynaecologist, he immediately recognised the signs of Endometriosis, and we worked together to find a solution.
At this point in my life, I was studying full-time completing my Bachelor of Business Management, and working two jobs, one as a Manager of an Italian Restaurant.
My pain was becoming intolerable, sex was off the table, or just a 'push through the pain' experience, I could not concentrate, I was constantly tired and had a myriad of health and psychological issues.
The tipping point for me, and I'll never forget this day, I was walking to the train station to catch a train to uni, my pain was so intense that I was clenching my fist, digging my nails into my hand.
I looked down and noticed that blood was dripping down my hand from my nails cutting into my skin -- and was still less painful than what was going on in my lady bits.
I was lucky enough to have a laparoscopy in 2015 that abated the endo for at least a year, unfortunately, one of the many drawbacks of endometriosis is that it grows back over time.
I am currently working through my pain as I work full-time and start up my postgraduate studies again, but I'm grateful for the support and love of those around me.