I am a 22 year old single woman, diagnosed with Stage II Endometriosis at 17 (lucky in that regard, family history made my mother very proactive in getting me diagnosed) and now I am Stage IV with two laparoscopies under my belt. In my second minimally invasive surgery (2010) not only did I have excision, they did a lot of burning of the nerve endings to try and minimize pain. As with the previous, after a few months even going directly back on Depo shots, endo had returned to wreak havoc. Cut to now and I am starting Lupron in a few days.
After the Lupron therapy is completed (at least 6 months, possibly a year IF the results are very positive) I will be doing IUI to try and conceive. Ideally I would love to be with the right guy and be married, but I am much more realistic. I know that my endo has proven to be a very aggressive form of an already aggressive disease. I know that I always imagined myself having at least 3 kids, and I have never had a problem with the idea of being a Mother in my early-mid 20's. I am very mature for my age and have previously worked as a Nanny so I know exactly what I am getting myself into. Being pregnant once is all I want. After that, I would be more than happy to wait for a great guy and adopt, or use my eggs and a surrogate for more biological children. I am so lucky to have a family that has seen me suffer for a long time and supports my decision...I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with endometriosis/IUI, especially any young single women - It would be great to hear from others in a similar situation.
I'm really sorry to hear about the trouble you've had, it sounds like you've had it really rough and I really admire your outlook on everything. I hope everything is still going ok with you.
I am 22 and had a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy 5 weeks ago where they found that my right ovary was stuck to my uterus (also had a polyp in my uterus which was what originally got me referred). I go for my post op appointment next Wednesday and I'm quite nervous. My partner and I are planning to start TTC on honeymoon in May and the surgeon said they had managed to laser it all but I'm guessing we won't know until we start trying.
So I'm not in the exact same situation as you, and no where near as bad but it's nice to find someone the same age that knows about endometriosis, none of my friends really knew anything about it! If you ever want to chat or anything it would be nice to talk to someone who understands
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