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AdviceContributorsJessie WyrillSafety A Silent Pain Have you experienced pain, excessive bleeding, nausea, constipation, or fatigue during your period?
Have you also battled with infertility? You might be suffering from endometriosis. I have battled with this silent disease for almost 7 years.
When my doctor first brought endometriosis up in an appointment, I had not idea what it was. I had never heard of it. I read through the symptoms and started checking off the boxes. At 17, I stared at the list, thinking about the possibility that I would struggle getting pregnant when I got married.
From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a mom and this scared me. Endometriosis is a disease that causes endometrial tissue to grow in other places besides the uterus.
Most often, the tissue grows somewhere in the pelvic region, but rarely beyond that area. The main locations would be the ovaries, bowel, or pelvic lining. The exam and ultrasound can show cysts that indicate endometriosis is a possibility. The next step in diagnosis would be laparoscopic surgery to look in the pelvic area.
They will make a small incision in the belly button and insert a laparoscope to look for endometrial tissue outside of the uterus.
Most of the time, doctors will try medication to manage the symptoms before they will recommend exploratory laparoscopic surgery.
Medications that can be used are over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen, hormonal contraceptives, gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists and antagonists, the depo shot, or danazol. My life with endometriosis started with pain control shots during my period.
All I wanted to do without the shots was lay around all day and sleep. My first step in managing endometriosis was going on birth control. It made the pain so much better.
Even then, I had the future in the back of my mind. I knew one day I would have to go off the medication, endure the pain and frustration, and hope that pregnancy would happen for me. That day came April 6, for me, the day Redbeard became my husband.
It was a wonderful day! We had already decided that we wanted to start a family right away. Knowing my health history, we thought it was best to start early and pray for the best.
As the months went by, I got frustrated. It was just not happening for us. Nine months into our marriage, we got the news we were hoping for. It was a miracle, I was pregnant! Unfortunately the excitement was short-lived.
I lost the baby a couple weeks later and we were back to square one. The pain was unbearable. I have family and friends who have lost babies, many much further along in their pregnancy.
I knew the only thing I could do was be thankful I was able to get pregnant and keep trying. Long story, short, I got pregnant 7 months later and we have a healthy baby due June 6, !
We call our little miracle, Sprout, because what else should two agronomists call their baby? We are so excited to beat endometriosis for the time being and welcome our first child soon! We feel incredibly blessed since many women suffering from endometriosis have to go through fertility treatments such as IVF.
Endometriosis is a mysterious disease that shows up all of a sudden and causes problems. March is the time that ladies suffering from endometriosis come forward to make others aware of the pain they suffer in silence.
Even though it can be discouraging, it is important to not lose hope. I would love to hear stories of overcoming endometriosis or successfully becoming pregnant after a loss!
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