Thursday, May 29 2014
Menopause... The one thing women dread about getting older and going through 'the change of life'.
You always hear women express their feelings towards menopause and as a young women you think
Boy was I wrong!
When I was 21 I was diagnosed with stage IV endometriosis and had surgery to remove what was found.
I remember waking from surgery and my surgeon came to speak to me when I woke up.
He told me that in his career, my case was one of the more worse conditions he had seen, and as a result of the damage
I was prescribed 6 courses of Zoladex injections and given my first the following morning.
I had no idea what to expect!
All I kept thinking to myself was
Afterall I was excited to not have my period for 6 months!
Ever since my first period (was in year 5) I have had extremely bad period pain along with heavy periods.
No one believed how bad my periods were. I kept being told to "just suck it up"
It wasn't until I was staying with a relative in grade 9 when I was up all night with vommiting and diorreah
Due to events that happened I ended up moving in with her a couple of months afterwards, and one of the first things
BUT one thing doctors kept saying when we discussed endometriosis was that
My periods became that debilitating that I had to have time off work and school, and often I would be at work
They were never regular enough that I could 'predict' and
When I got older, I found my periods and symptoms each month were getting worse and
He got me reffered to a specialist who listened and understood and empathised.
He told me that in 2 weeks he would book me in for a cystoscopy, hysteroscopy and laperoscopy.
I was so relieved when he told me I had endometriosis,
So I started my 6 months of injections of Zolodex and was happy I had no period.
But I must say I sympathise with all those who complain about menopause and how horrible it truly is!
The hot flushes were the worse!
The vaginal dryness was pretty uncomfortable and at times felt like sandpaper. Was horrible!
I found there were some days where all I could do was lay in bed due to the horrid nausea.
The other downsides to the menopause was the weight gain, excess hair growth (now have a beard),
Gosh, I would just break down and cry at the slightest thing whether it was reading a newspaper, watching tv,
Although they say that it was a reversible menopause, it has been 12 months since my last injection
I still have the excessive facial hair issues, hot flushes, hormone fluctuation and nausea.
Part of me is dreading having to go through all this again,
When people learn that I went through menopause at 21 they don't believe me or that
Please remember zolodex and menopause affects individuals differently. Due to the pain and recovery from the surgeries