I’ve had it confirmed. Had it at 19, surgeries at 20 and 22, plus a D&C and had 3 cysts removed. i’m 24 now and recently got a clean bill of health after being on LOTS of bc and an anti-inflammatory diet. I always had very painful periods (insanely heavy cycle, incapacitating pain–i took vicodin for a week straight once a month for years) etc. All you can do is supress it with birth control, get it diagnosed, and find out where it is. Your Dr can clean up the bad scar tissue–if it’s all over your fallopian tubes, they can check it with dye to see if they’re blocked, they can do an ultrasound to look for cysts, but an ultrasound does not confirm endometriosis the way a lap can. I had mine done on a Friday and was back in the office on a Monday. Mine was all laser, though. A little puffy and sore, distended stomach, etc, but nothing major.
But, it can make you infertile, so you need to get checked for it if you think you have it.
Both women I know had endometriosis really bad–the first time my friend went in for her lap, she got her uterus scraped so it was a clean place basically. All ready for a baby. She got pregnant. Needed IVF with her second baby, though. It really depends where the endometriosis is. It can cause lots of other problems, too–mine was all over my bowels and it was causing me lots of GI issues. The painful sex is a big bummer but if you get a D&C (vaginal scraping) and the scar tissue removed, it does help. And, really, it’s trial and error on what works.
Honestly, you could have endometriosis but you could not. Lots of women have a heavy period for 3 days or pains in the sides. You could have cysts, but not endometriosis. Or your ovary could be implanted on the side of your uterus (mine was like that and i got this sharp pulling sensation and lo and behold, taht’s what it was!)
Birth control and pregnancy are bsically the two known “cures” (and by cures i mean temporary remission) so, pick your poison. The more periods you have, the more scar tissue you have, so you definitely want that removed.
Check your OBGYN and make sure he/she is really qualified for this sort of thing. After 6 months at my current gyno, she said, “you know what, you need a specialist” so it wouldn’ thurt to see one for a second opinion. I ended up with a reproductive endocrinologist who was incredibly educated about the topic and helped qualm a lot of my fears.
PM me if you have any questions! I think i was kinda jumbly, but if you google for endometriosis on the search bar, I’m guessing a lot of my comments will pop up because I always comment! =]