I got my very first period when I was 10 years old. My body had been developed for quite sometime and I knew that it would be coming soon; I just wasn’t sure when. My first visit from the monthly visitor was quite uneventful and only lasted a few days. I thought that if inconvenient bleeding was all I could expect, I would have no problems and fly through them monthly with a breeze.
As time went on my periods became a nightmare. I was having severe cramps that would leave me unable to move. I would cramp from the side of my abdomen down into my upper right thigh. I would actually vomit from being in so much physical pain. My breasts would swell and be tender to the slightest touch. The pain would start the day before my period and would peak a few hours after it started. I would be in agonizing pain for about two days and then I would feel slightly better until the next cycle came around.
My moods also drastically changed around the time of my periods. I would be overly sensitive and crying over everything and anything or I would be angry. The mood swings were of such that my parents thought that I may have had something mentally wrong with me.
I had gotten to the point where getting out of bed the first day of my period was impossible and taking over the counter pain relievers was not working. So my mom scheduled me for a appointment with her doctor.
The first visit with the doctor turned into over a hundred more. I was placed on birth control pills, they did not work. I changed my diet and began a new exercise program that did not work. I was placed on a shot that is given every three months and had no success with that either. I had begun to feel really frustrated and discouraged that nothing was going to work for me.
Years later I found ways to make the pain more manageable. I would soak in the bath tub for hours at a time and take over the counter sleeping pills to help ease the cramps and allow me to rest for a few hours here and there. Although the pain was slightly managed it was still a major problem in my life.
I was blessed and was expecting a baby and that was the best ten months of my life. I had no pain other than typical pregnancy pains and was hoping that after the baby was born the pain would be gone. Boy was I wrong, the pain came back worse than ever.
After consulting with my doctor a major decision was made to remove my ovaries. This was something that I weighed the pros and cons of heavily. I would say it was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my life. It was the best decision that I ever made though.
I can now get up in the mornings without fear of the cycle date coming around again. My moods are also stabilized and I feel better than I ever have. Overall I would say that I made the right choice for me. There are several less evasive procedures that can be done and I would suggest talking to your health care provider about the best one for you.