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For YEARS I had excruciating period pain. When my period came, I could not move. I had to cancel plans with friends, work calls, absolutely everything. It got to the point where when I would get out of bed to even go to the bathroom my vision was blurry and the entire world would start spinning. For years I had OBGYNs tell me this was “normal” period pain.
Last year, I woke up on the first day of my period and I knew it was not normal. I could not move, I was throwing up bile, and it seemed like my body was completely shutting down. I demanded my boyfriend bring me to the ER – as soon as I got there and the doctors saw how much pain I was in even after giving me morphine, they knew something was wrong. Turns out, I had an ovarian cyst that had burst and was bleeding into my stomach. What should have been a pretty standard laparoscopic surgery, turned into a complicated one after the doctors could not get through the massive amount of scar tissue (likely the result of an ovarian removal when I was a baby). They had to do an open surgery.
After the surgery, I went on birth control to stop ovarian cysts from growing this large again. Since, my pain has stopped!
With only one damaged ovary remaining, I immediately went to see a fertility specialist, who said that if I one day wanted the option to have children – we would need to do tests right away to find out if that was an option. After the test to determine whether or not an egg would safely be able to travel from my one ovary to my uterus failed, I decided to freeze my eggs right away.
In a way, it was a blessing in disguise that this lead to the discovery that I will not be able to naturally get pregnant, but it was also frustrating that I went to doctors for years and they dismissed this as “normal” period pain when it was literally causing me to put my life on hold for 5 – 10 days of EVERY month. Listen to your body!!!