- 1 year ago
- Wedding: May 2016
I have had painful periods since I was a teen. I can remember calling my mom to come pick me up a few times because I was in such bad pain I thought I would be sick. My mom took me to a gyno at 16 because she thought my pain wasn’t normal. He performed an ultrasound, said I had some cysts on my ovaries, prescribed Naproxen and that was that. The gyno I was seeing as an adult would just tell me cramps were normal and that she could put me on brith control if I wanted. Well, last year I switched doctors and for the first time, my doctor brought up the possibility of endo. I didn’t put a lot of thought into it since I’ve lived with it so long and she said the only way to diagnose is a laparoscopy which I’d prefer to avoid, of course.
However, I’m on month 8 of TTC, without a single positive test. I charted for three years before TTC as our BC method, so I can tell you that our timing has been good each cycle. It’s just not happening. This led me to doing some research on endo since my doctor has said it can affect fertility, and I just seem to have more questions than answers. I’m curious for those with experience to tell me some about their symptoms.
Some of the things I’m waffling on being endo symptom or no (TMI WARNING):
*Awful period pain… I take way more than recommended dosages of medicine (I know this is bad, but I have no choice if I need to get out of bed) and if I don’t I will be nauseous from the intensity of the pain. It defineitly meets the “effects my day to day life” criteria. However, I don’t meet the length of time symptom. I have this pain for 1-2 days and then it lessens into something manageable with a single pain pill. But for that day or two, I’m so useless.
*Pain other time of month… not really, but I do get crampy during ovulation. I don’t think that’s abnormal. O cramping has been getting more the last year.
*My periods aren’t super heavy. If anything, they’re short. The first day, maybe two is heavy for me, but a moderate flow overall I’d say. Not needing to empty my cup every hour or anything. After day 2, it basically is just spotting for 3-4 more days. However, those first two days are pretty clotty, which I read can be related to hormone imbalance in endo? So, not particular heavy, if anything is super short, but is clotty.
*Intestinal symptoms… I get constipated during my period and often throughout my cycle if I eat certain foods. I just always figured it was normal during my cycle and the rest was because I probably had a food intolerance. I take magnesium on a regular basis to stay regular.
*Pain during sex…. sometimes. But what’s normal? Isn’t sex just sometimes painful? If I’m in a position that has deep penetration, especially during certain times in my cycle, it can be pretty painful. But it’s more a cervix pain than a pelvic pain, if that makes sense. It has gotten more frequent over the last couple years. I’ve had a few times of cramping after sex for a few hours and/or spotting after sex.
*I have several signs of hormone imbalance and/or thyroid which I read can sometimes be related. I have low BBT, spotting for several days leading up to AF, anxiety that is related to cycle and gets better when I make sure to take magnesium and vitamins, etc.
I’m just curious if I should bring this up further with my doctor. Do I just have a low pain tolerance since my period pain doesn’t last long enough to be endo? If I do talk to my doctor, what should I ask or inquire about? If you’ve been diagnosed with endo, I’d love to hear your story and what your TTC journey was like.