The main problem about endometriosis is understanding this condition. Then the biggest problem arising from this condition is treatment.
Far too many women have to undergo having medication, then it doesn't work. By the time the doctors have messed around trying this and that, the condition has worsened. I see many awful stories and I really do sympathise. Unless you have gone through this terrible condition, it's very hard for others to understand. It's a case of "Endo-what?".
The pain is excruciating. It's not "just period pain", it's a hundred times worse than period pain and many doctors, sorry to say it but mainly male, do not understand.
I had a female doctor then a female consultant. I kept going, thinking it's just severe period pain, until the blood literally seeped through the clothes I was wearing. That is so embarrassing. I saw my GP within a couple of months, I was in with the consultant within the same year and I had a hysterectomy at the age of 35. My bladder and bowel were affected, they had to be scraped free of all the endometriosis.
We had three beautiful children so again, I was lucky. So many ladies have this condition and don't or cannot have children because this condition can make you infertile.
My consultant was amazing. She actually performed my operation and told me that she had left me one ovary in the hope that it would heal and continue to produce hormones to enable me to carry on without HRT. She was correct. Because I wasn't bleeding every month, the ovary did heal allowing me to go through the menopause at the correct time.
I would urge all of you ladies to be firm and go for the best treatment available. Do not be fobbed of with painkillers, tablets, that don't work and whilst they are trying you on this, that and the other, the condition worsens. Each month.
I completely and utterly sympathise, been there, done it, got the T-shirt as the saying goes. I realise that for some surgery is not always the answer but neither is tablets, they did NOT work. The only thing that worked for me was surgery.
The plus side is never having another period and never having to have another smear test. Good luck to all you ladies out there and next time you partner says "It's only period pain" tell them to try it and see how they cope with it. My husband was amazing throughout it all and never once complained when he had to take over my role every month, being mum and dad to my children.