Post # 1
I usually have heavy periods. Lasting about 6-7 days with the first 3 days being worst. I get very bad cramps for about 1 day but usually an advil takes care of it pretty well. So now that we are trying to conceive, I’m worried that I might have endometriosis. I don’t have any pain during other times of the month, no painful sex or anytyhing like that. Just painful heavy periods, this may be TMI by with big clots during the heavy days. With this being the only symptom, am I likely to have endo? Or is this normal..
Post # 3
I’m glad you posted about this. I just posted on the TTC board because I have the same issues as you when I’m not on bc and wanted to get other’s take on how they felt after going off bc to ttc. Granted, that was about 2 years ago that I tried going off and I was too miserable. My mom had endo. and had all these symptoms (heavy flow, bad cramping)
If you need any support let me know. We are close to being in the same boat right now. I will be going off bc in February and we will start the ttc process without charting and other things.
Post # 4
@MrsOats: Usually endo involves heavy periods that last longer than a week. You can have endo without pain, although everyone I don’t know anyone who has endo without pain. Everyone I know who has it (including myself) has a ton of pain.
The only way to get diagnosed for sure is to have a diagnostic laparoscopy.
Post # 5
@MrsOats: You should discuss the possibilty with your GYN. I have endo. The amount of pain I feel isn’t treatable or even tollerable with a couple Advil. When it was untreated I had even passed out on the bathroom floor a few times from the pain. I did have heavy periods also, changing a super plus tampon every 2 hours or less, clots included. I had really irregular periods as well, some cycles were 26 days while other were over 45 days apart. Intercourse was definitely painful at times, and even sometimes afterwards I’d get pretty bad cramps. But every case of endo is different and teatments varry greatly. Some women have tons of pain and only a few lesions, while others can have very little pain and lots of lesions. As previously mentioned the only way to diagnose this disease is a laproscopy.
Post # 6
@MrsOats: Not everyone has pain associated with endometriosis. So you could very well have it. It can be mild, moderate or even severe.
For me, I was a very heavy bleeder and it would last between 7-12 days–a few times it last up to 14 (no lie). My Dr. put me on hormonal treatment for a while to treat the pain, however it didn’t help much. So, I went through the laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 2 years ago to remove the growth—during the procedure the dr. found the disease to be mild in appearance although I experienced a lot of pain and heavy bleeding. It has alleviated my periods to a degree, but it has affected my bladder and intestines.
Post # 7
Definitely consult your GYN for this, but I had this issue as well, it turned out to be fibroids and not endometriosis. You will probably need an intravaginal ultrasound to see for sure, but definitely consult your gyno about this.