If you’ve read my blog for a while you will know the struggle we went through to have my daughter.
Although we decided that we won’t put ourselves through conceiving again (you can read more about the decision here) I wanted to check on my health due to investigations that stopped when I got pregnant.
Anyone who is squeamish about periods, look away now! Anyone prudish may want to leave too. Gynecological health can be a taboo topic which is exactly why I’m writing about it. We should be able to talk about these things.
- Awful period pain since started at 12
- asked GP for help at 17 as still irregular and painful, told I wouldn’t get help unless couldn’t conceive
- 21 went to doctors about inability to conceive -waiting list
- 22 went to doctors about endometriosis concern. He didn’t listen until I said I had pain during sex, then he panicked and sent me for cervical and ovarian cancer checks (all clear)
- 23 HSG (hysterosalpingogram) to check Fallopian tubes – a month later pregnant 🤰
I still hadn’t seen the gynecologist in the UK – I would have a few months after the HSG but as I was pregnant the investigation was camcelled. This would have been over a year since I was put on the waiting list.
In Sweden you can just book an appointment with a gynecologist without referral so I did, and got an appointment 3 weeks later. Look how beautiful the waiting room was too
The doctor was so lovely. I was very nervous of the fact it was a man but once I met him he put me at ease straight away. He listened to everything I had to say and agreed it sounded like endometriosis. He did an internal ultrasound scan and although he couldn’t see anything he said it’s very difficult to see especially if it’s on the outside of the uterus.
He suggested that as I don’t want to conceive there is no need to have a laparoscopy (camera inside a hole in your tummy) because he could just treat the pain and symptoms without a formal diagnosis.
He prescribed me a IUD which I need to pick up from the pharmacy and then take to the drop in midwife clinic to get fitted. I’m quite nervous to be honest about how my body will react.
I told him that I didn’t want to go on the pill because I felt like it affected my mental health. He said I need hormones to help with the condition but if I were to have the IUD the hormones go straight into the uterus and the amount that goes into the blood is 1/24 of what goes into the blood with the pill -so I am reassured.
It makes a massive difference when doctors listen carefully and reassure all your concerns. I’m very grateful to have accessed such good care.
If your suffering please don’t suffer in silence, speak to your doctor and if they don’t listen find another that will.