I recently went to the surgeon who gave me a number of choices; I have come to the conclusion that a laparoscopy to clear my endometriosis is the best choice for me because a hysterectomy is too drastic a change for me and trying a drug to give me a temporary menopause is generally not well received (from what I’ve read).
My first laparoscopy occurred in May 2005 and I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Back then I wanted to have children and was marred to the first husband. My diagnosis and persistent symptoms – even after the surgery – was to prove another nail in the coffin of our failing relationship.
My second laparoscopy occurred in March 2007. By this point I was waiting for my decree absolute; I lived in a sweet little flat and my boyfriend stayed with me immediately after the surgery – although I struggled with symptoms and depression I couldn’t have had better support.
My surgeon put me on HRT to help with my PCOS symptoms – which turned out to be a BIG mistake as it fed my endometriosis. My pain quickly became debilitating.
My third laparoscopy occurred in November 2008. I was recently remarried and we’d decided not to have children. My pain was such that I was desperate for a drastic change and I begged for a hysterectomy. Helios and my surgeon talked me out of it and I was transferred to an endometriosis and pelvic pain specialist. The surgery was highly successful – I went from a 9 or 10 on the pain-scale to a 1 during my period and nil every other time.
Since then I’ve coped with my pain by using birth control (which contains some oestrogen because the progesterone-only pills make me aggressive – GRRRRRRR) and then I started tri-cycling my pills: I have a period once every 9-10 weeks. Since then, upon talking to my colposcopy nurse, I have been trying to extend the time between periods even longer. I’ve not managed to make it 6 months between periods yet but am looking into it.
I’m also grateful that I didn’t have a hysterectomy. I was sorely tempted to have it in my deliberations for my upcoming surgery, but this time I have sought treatment before I’ve become frantic about my symptoms and it’s given me time to be objective about what I need. It’s so much easier to contemplate the choices when you’re compos mentis!
Helios is coming with me to my appointment on Tuesday where I’ll tell the surgeons what decisions I’ve made; we can discuss what the next steps are and when I can expect things to happen. I’ll be sure to update you as soon as I have more details.