Started menses right after 12 years of age. Never missed a period. Bled from 7 to 12 days every month. Emergency surgery at 23 removed one ovary and numerous cysts deposited throughout the abdomen. Seven years later, massive hemorrhages, hysterectomy at 32. Adding to the pain and inconveniences, I have IBS. Pain and having to curtail many social activities, running out of fine restaurants with diarrhea, and having to change clothing was the norm. I never missed a day of school or work due to these symptoms. I pray every day for the women with these problems. It's a different life. I worked for 40 years with the handicapped which helped to put everything in perspective. My best advice----find a good caring doctor to help you.

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy.

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

Please read our rules before commenting.

Community Poll

Have you told your employer about your endometriosis diagnosis?