Thanks to Endometriosis Awareness Campaign for sharing this link.
I’m about to go over old history – you’ve been warned!
How is it that any of us have to wait for years and years for a diagnosis? I don’t recall when my first symptoms of PCOS appeared but I’d say puberty because I occasionally get skin tags in my underarms and I remember first noticing that when I was shaving.
The symptoms for Endometriosis are easier to pinpoint. I started my periods when I was 12 and I was in so much pain that I would vomit. That was 28 years ago. The doctor at the time said to my mother (who was terrified that I had something serious like appendicitis), “It’s just cramps. She needs to take painkillers in order to get on top of the pain before she starts vomiting.” How can any doctor believe that a kid vomiting from pain is normal??
I am still disgusted that some women reading this article in Glamour will accurately identify themselves as someone with PCOS or Endometriosis when doctors cannot.
How can we possibly hope for a cure when doctors are still unable to diagnose us??