Should I Try This Endometriosis Treatment?
It’s an important question, isn’t it? Should I try this treatment?
When I was first diagnosed with endometriosis, I very rarely questioned anything doctors told me. I mean, why would I? The doctor is the one with the knowledge in that situation, right? Well, actually, as I found out (and I would think so many of you have also) - that isn’t always the case.
My doctor suggesting my only options were either having a hysterectomy or a baby, when I was only 21, was a big wake up call for me. I quickly learnt that actually, I should be raising questions!
Here are a few things that should be taken into consideration when discussing a treatment:
Don’t feel bullied into having it
A decision over whether or not to have a treatment should always be made between you and your doctor. Very often, you might feel like you are put on the spot during a doctors appointment, and that you need to make a decision right there and then. But, if you have any concerns, need more time or more information, let your doctor know. They should never push you in to trying something that you don’t feel comfortable with.
Be aware of the benefits and the risks
Your doctor should be able to give you all the information you require on the treatment they have suggested - whether that be verbally or via a pamphlet. I would also suggest doing your own research. The majority of non-surgical, medicine based treatments for endometriosis are hormone based and carry their own share of side effects. Side effects and risk factors can range from acne right through to a reduction in your bone density.
It’s important to know about any side effects or risks involved so you can arrange the appropriate care for them, should they arise. You may also need to have checks to see if you are viable for the treatment. For example, I only found out I have osteopenia (a precursor to osteoporosis) when I was put forward for an experimental treatment that required me to have a DEXA (bone density) scan beforehand.
Ask others about their experiences
I like to read about other peoples experiences with treatments. You can gain a fair understanding of how a treatment will make you feel from this. However, it’s important to remember that we are all different and what works for some might not work for all. The same rule can also be applied to side effects.
Treatments are not compulsory!
Remember, you do not have to have the treatment! If you are happy to carry on and see how things go, that is your choice. Treatment options can also depend on the severity of the disease, what symptoms you are experiencing, and issues surrounding fertility.
I have always followed the mantra that “with endometriosis, it’s worth trying anything once”. But, at the end of the day, the decision on whether or not to have a treatment is down to you, and you only.
Have you heard about the new tampon technology currently being tested to detect endometriosis?