This post is an honest reflection on my personal journey with ‘feminine trouble’ of the reproductive system; therefore, it requires terminology of human anatomy, bodily functions, and medical conditions/procedures.
“Feminine Trouble” will be a multiple post series about my eight year journey of chronic pain due to Endometriosis, a Uterine Fibroid (tumor), Pelvic Congestion, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
- “What the Hell?” (part 1) is an overview of the diagnosis, a brief description of the associated pain, and the medical treatments and procedures endured.
- “Disruptive, Destructive Norm” (part 2) will be an exploration of the associated pain and its affect on my physical and mental well-being.
- “Hysterectomy & the Aftermath” (part 3) will primarily explore how the decision for a hysterectomy has affected my physical, mental, and relational well-being.
Before the Beginning
Although this ‘feminine trouble’ begun approximately 17 years ago (2001), it is essential to begin beforehand in order to paint the entire picture.
Similar to friends and the average female, I begun menstruation in junior high school. Although I had friends who regularly complained about their cycles due to length, their heavy flow, cramps and additional discomfort with their periods, I struggled to empathize.
Why? I was LUCKY!
My average period was approximately 3 days in length, which was primarily ‘spotting’ essentially without cramps or physical discomfort… until one month.
And It All Changed…
It all changed LITERALLY one month during my sophomore year (age 15). Read the rest of this entry »