I don’t think any treatment for endometriosis is worth its weight in gold but this one works for me. I take several pill packs back to back. My last cycle was nearly 12 weeks between periods. The theory is that the fewer periods I have, the less pain I am in.
The theory is fairly accurate. I have a fantastic time when I feel normal. I don’t live in the constant dread of pain. I have it on good authority that I can leave it as long as 6 months between periods. On the same theory, the fewer periods I have the better love life I have. Because I have so many weeks between periods, my hormone levels are regular and I don’t have too many weeks where I need to take Milk Thistle.
Because I take birth control, I can plan when I have a period and ensure that my periods occur at the most convenient time for me: I can organise my periods around my life instead of my life around my period.
My body periodically demands a period – meaning I have PMT and then spotting for a week or so before I go back to feeling more human. Also the bloating is hard to hide. I do spend a lot of time feeling a bit like a beached whale. The longer I take the birth control, the more days I need to take Milk Thistle for PMT. I also experience bloating and a right ovary that burns regularly.
It’s not ideal by any stretch of the imagination. Ideal would be take a tablet and all the pain goes away totally. However, I would tolerate another surgery if it meant that all the endometriosis would be completely eradicated.
Endometriosis is a nuisance because different treatments work for different women so just because something works for me (or rather I can tolerate this treatment plan) doesn’t mean that this will be good for you. However, you have to know about all the options before you can try things that work for you.
Have a pain-free tomorrow!