If you’re suffering from Endometriosis or experiencing symptoms, always seek medical advice from your doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.
I wanted to share my endo story. I don’t have any friends with it or anyone who understands. I got my period at 11, and bled seven days straight. I was diagnosed with precocious puberty. I had injections once a month every month to slow down my puberty. But it didn’t help the bleeding or pain.
It went well into my teens. I was in year 10 and I was 15. I remember clearly being in class and falling onto the floor in agony. I was so embarrassed and in the most horrific pain. The school called my mother and I went home. She was quite frustrated with me and we just put it down to bad periods.
At 18 they gave me an implanon in my arm and I bled for six months straight! Many of my clothes from that time I had to throw out they were stained so often. My favourite pair of grey jeans were simply ruined. I was so sick but it wasn’t until I was 19 and visiting Perth that I had my first lap.
They found endometriosis! Finally an answer! But nothing changed.
The pain and heavy bleeding for days didn’t stop. At 22, the pain was unbearable. My periods were eight days straight. Such heavy bleeding that I’d go through packets of tampons and pads. I’d leak every night. Luckily I was still able to work and the company was very understanding with my need to take sick leave. In the end I had to move back home with my parents in Brisbane.
My GP referred me to another gyno and I had another two laps only 12 months apart. In the second one they found Endo covering my bladder, ovaries and my appendix was covered completely. Also I had appendicitis but hadn’t even felt the symptoms because my Endo was so bad. My sugeon did all he could. He removed my appendix and he told me "Jess, your endometriosis is bad. You might not be able to have children."
When we left his office my Mum apologised as she hadn’t realised all those years how bad it had been for me. I became very depressed then because I didn’t even have a partner and I was supposed to have a baby asap. However I did meet someone and as I wasn’t on the pill I got pregnant. The relationship eventually broke down. My family was very supportive and Mum and my auntie were there at the birth of my beautiful daughter a few months later.