I was diagnosed with endometriosis at age 23 after searching for answers for 7 years. I was experiencing painful periods and stabbing pelvic pain in between my periods for so long. And I went to gynecologist after gynecologist, but I still didn’t have a name for my pain, and it made me feel like it wasn’t valid.
I finally got a new referral, but the voice in my head kept saying, “She’s just going to be like everyone else…” I wasn’t sure it was worth it, but I decided to give it a shot and made an appointment. The second I sat down, I could sense something was different, and it felt like she genuinely wanted to help me.
She asked me about my symptoms, and her warm presence helped me to open up. I told her everything—the revolving door of doctors, and how I struggled with even the little things because of my endometriosis pain, like taking my dog, George, for walks. And as I shared my pain, I started crying, because I realized I had finally found a gynecologist who heard me—I felt like I had a voice again.
She scheduled a surgical procedure to help me get a diagnosis. And sure enough, it confirmed that I had endometriosis. Although I was relieved to finally have a name for my pain, it was a lot to take in that I had a long-term health condition.
My gynecologist and I talked about a few options for treatment, and that’s when she suggested ORILISSA. We talked about how it works and she answered all my questions. Then, I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did because, on ORILISSA, I have less pain in between my periods and during my period, too.
I learned how important it is to trust myself and keep speaking up because that’s how I got the help I needed. I hope that by sharing my story, I can inspire other women who feel like their voices have been silenced.