I had so many symptoms for years but didn't piece them all together until the endometriosis diagnosis.
I had my Daughter at 23 years old, she was a very happy surprise so not sure if I had endometriosis or infertility problems beforehand but I always got very bloated and heavy, painful periods (which I thought was the norm) so I think I probably did have it. However, it wasn't until we'd been trying for another baby with no luck for 5 years + that I saw an amazing fertility GP then amazing fertility specialist (finally). Before this, I had previously ultrasound scans, blood tests etc and they all came back normal. I didn't know endometriosis was only really confirmed / diagnosed via laparoscopy. I even mentioned to one doctor that I though I might have endo and was told I'd already had a baby and my periods didn't sound that bad so it was very unlikely! It makes me so sad...
What does endometriosis mean to me . . . A life sentence—unnecessary pain and suffering physically, mentally and emotionally. It's a horrible, spiteful disease that sucks the quality of life out of 1 in 10 of us ladies. So many ladies have been robbed of the chance of being mothers or having more children that they so desperately want.
It impacts mentally and emotionally on partners of endo ladies, children of endo ladies and their families. It can ruin relationships.
I get tired more easily, I try and eat healthy and take vitamins and avoid some of the bad foods. Time of the months are horrible, but being a Mother, Wife and nurse I just try and function as best I can and not let it drag me down. I've learnt to deal with the pain the best I can.
I wish someone had told me more about the impact on fertility of endometriosis. I wish I had been listened too.
If you think you have endometriosis see a doctor as soon as possible and if you're not happy with what they tell you, seek a second opinion. Do your research and seek out a good specialist and get a diagnostic laparoscopy.