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    Hi,
    I'm new to this forum and just after some advice. When I was around 16 (I'm now 33), I started vomiting and getting painful periods each month when I got my period and went on the pill to control it. I have been off and on the pill ever since. A couple of years ago I had been off the pill for around 12 months and it started happening again. Around that time I saw a specialist and they couldn't find anything wrong, so suggested I take naprogesic. I got married around this time and as I knew we wanted time to settle into married life, I went back on the pill. I was on the pill for 18 months. I went off the pill in July as we were ready to try for a baby. Ever since then, my period has been all over the place (it used to be an exactly 28 day cycle with 7 days of bleeding), the pain has been getting progressively worse and this cycle just gone, I had horrible stomach aches and I was still spotting pink on cycle day 11 after bowel movements. I went and saw a GP at a walk in clinic last night and they gave me a referral to a gynaecologist. My questions is, should I wait it out a bit longer and see if things settle down with my period, or should I start doing something about it now? Thank you for taking the time to read.

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    Start doing something now. It took me 10 years to get a diagnosis. At first I was brushed off because I was "young" and therefore my cycle was still sorting itself out. Then because I wasn't TTC or looking to any time soon they basically put me on the pill and said to come back when I want to TTC. Now I'm finally TTC and struggling and kicking my past self for not following up more and getting treated sooner. Maybe if I'd managed it better it wouldn't be a problem now.

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    I would see someone now. If you think you might have endometriosis, make sure you see an endo specialist to start with and not just a normal gyno as they don't have the skills or knowledge to manage it

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    I saw someone about 18 months when I was consistently spotting throughout my cycle, they ordered an internal ultrasound and it came back clear for endometriosis. But I feel maybe I was brushed off because I wasn't trying to conceive.

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    As much as it sucks most drs brush off when you're not TTC. They don't seem to understand how much of an impact these issues cause on your life. It sounds like you have a lot of similar symptoms to me - I kept getting sent for endo checks, including surgery, but there was nothing. Def go get checked out.

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    Thank you for the support, did you end up finding someone who took you seriously? What is your diagnoses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by readyforthis View Post
    I saw someone about 18 months when I was consistently spotting throughout my cycle, they ordered an internal ultrasound and it came back clear for endometriosis. But I feel maybe I was brushed off because I wasn't trying to conceive.
    Unfortunately an ultrasound won't show endometriosis. I've had so many of them over the years prior to my endo diagnosis that came back clear. The only way to diagnose it is via laparoscopy. You also need to see an endo specialist as general gyno's don't always know what to look for during surgery.

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    Default Irregular Periods

    As @bluehawaii as stated an internal ultrasound will not detect endo you'll need to get a referral to a gyno to get a lapo done. I had this done last year after years of miss diagnosis my gyno/FS/ob did the surgery I had stage 3 endo he cut it out as burning isn't as good as the cut. 5 months later I was pregnant naturally after years of IVF ! Ray yoong at Ashford I cannot highly recommend him enough but you'll need private cover. Last year he gap was around $600 for the surgery direct to him and what ever gap your health fund have. He has a web page and FB page and specialties are endo removal, gyno, ob and FS so he does it all from beginnng to end so to speak

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    Quote Originally Posted by readyforthis View Post
    Thank you for the support, did you end up finding someone who took you seriously? What is your diagnoses?
    I finally found a fantastic gp who diagnosed me with PCOS and has helped me get back to health. Took many drs to find a good one - I literally googled "good dr in civic" and her name popped up. Been 3+ years with her as gp and my partner now sees her and so does my bff.


 

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