You may feel overwhelmed by the various options of treatment that are presented to you. These options may include having no treatment at all — adopting a wait and see approach. This may be the case especially if your endometriosis is mild with few symptoms and you are planning to get pregnant.

Perhaps you were trying to get pregnant before your endometriosis was discovered and the prospect of a six to nine month course of drugs which will prevent you from getting pregnant during that time will be exasperating.

You may have to consider going on a course of fertility drugs if you want to get pregnant — something you may never have considered before.

Having to make a decision about which hormonal or surgical treatment is best for you will almost certainly be overwhelming.

‘I feel so alone. I have never heard of this disease and most of my family and friends don’t even know how to pronounce it let alone understand what it means. How can I explain it to them in simple terms when I don’t understand it myself?’.

This is a common cry for help. Many women find it difficult to discuss their gynaecological problems with family or friends because they are embarrassed or simply do not want to burden people with their problems.

Some may find that they feel isolated because partners or family and friends have heard about the symptoms for so long that they no longer want to discuss it now that a diagnosis has been made.

Others believe that once the woman has had surgery such as a laparoscopy or laparotomy she is cured and should have no more problems. Little do they realise that this may be just the beginning.


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