Feeling much better now...

Last updated: March 2020

My name is Iris and I am 42 years old. I have dealt with menstrual problems of many varieties since I was 15 years old. My OBGYN alluded to the fact that I had endometriosis when I was 28 years old, due to multiple symptoms of the disease. I had multiple miscarriages and a molar pregnancy after the birth of my oldest daughter. I had her when I was 20. I was able to get pregnant again when I was 29. This time, I was pregnant with twins.

Post pregnancy, things got worse

After having the twins, I really started having problems with my endometriosis. I would bleed for 3 weeks straight and then quit for a week and start bleeding again. I was anemic due to the blood loss. My doctor performed a uterine ablation in 2013. This helped until 2017. My endometrial lining started to grow back. Because of the scarring from the uterine ablation, the lining that was sloughing off had nowhere to go, so blood was getting trapped in my uterus. The pain was so intense that I would almost pass out. It felt like someone was tightening a wide belt around my midsection and cinching it until they were about to cut me in half. I dealt with this pain for almost a year. I lived on a heating pad and ibuprofen.

Finally experiencing relief

I finally had a complete hysterectomy in 2018. I had scar tissue, blood trapped in my uterus, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and endometriosis. The endometriosis was on the outside of both sides of my uterus. I am feeling much better now. A year after surgery and I wish I could have had the hysterectomy years earlier.

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