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To receive a diagnosis of Endometriosis took me eight years of persistently advocating for myself, starting from the age of 13. My periods were never normal, and I knew this from talking to my friends about their periods. Between the ages of 13 and 20,...

From age 14 to 21 I must have had weekly visits with my family doctor. He never sent me to any specialists, just tried different birth control pills because he kept telling me “all girls my age have cramps”. When I was 21 my appendix...

Endometriosis is debilitating. There are days I’m in so much pain that I can’t get out of bed. It is really hard to live your life when you are terrified the pain will come back unexpectedly....

I knew the pain that came with my periods was not normal right off the bat. I would be the only one missing days of school, the only I knew who needed help walking to and from the bathroom just to painfully urinate. At 14...

I am constantly tired and in pain everyday, some days I find it hard to do anything, but because I have a child I force myself to get up— I fear my tiredness impacts my ability to do as much with her in a day....

When I am at my greatest pain it feels like my insides are being slowly ripped. I have stabbing pains in my pelvis. It hurts to do everything - go to the bathroom, have sex, walk around, I curl up some nights in the fetal...

I live with daily cramping, sometimes manageable, sometimes so bad I can't get out of bed. The pain radiates through my left side and down my back and leg. Gas pain brings me to my knees. I don't remember the last time I went a...

The pain and effects on my life triggered depression so in addition to having to deal with bad pain I had to deal with clinical depression. My sleep was affected because of the pain, my sex life, my family and friends life, everything. Since my...

I suffered from painful periods my entire life, and when I was 27 I began to cry during a Pap smear and begged the student doctor to please help me. I was missing work and unable to function 2-3 days of the month because of...

Endometriosis is something that I'm constantly having to plan around. I know that when I get my period I'll be bedridden, so I have to decline social events because of it, or constantly try to reschedule things. If I can't cancel or reschedule something, I...

My family doctor dismissed my pain for 2-3 years saying everyone experiences cramping. I tried to tell him that there was "no way this is normal!". As a teenager I started to need to visit the emergency department for pain management during menstruation. I was...