Endometriosis by Ana Schultz

Hello everyone, my name is Ana Schultz and endometriosis got me!!! I am married and our life started to crash two years ago when we decided that it was time to have our baby. I stopped the pills thinking that it was super easy to get pregnant. The months started passing by and I was so anxious about it. Every month I would catch my self-thinking this month it will happen..!! And it turned out that I was wrong, very wrong!!! I went to the doctor many times throughout the years but nothing was done by them. That is when I felt the first indescribable pain I still remember how I horrible I felt. The pain during my periods started to get worst and worst. Until one day after changing doctor one more time, I found out that the pain was caused by the endometriosis..!! This doctor knew something was wrong and asked for an ultrasound exam and there it was a big mass of endometriosis in my left ovary and three months later on the right ovary as well. She immediately sent my case to the fertility clinic and now I am in the middle of my IVF process because the chances of getting pregnant naturally are very low due the endo in my ovaries. Endometriosis is quite depressive, so I create an Instagram page where I share my experience about it and what caught my attention that I am not alone. There are millions of women going through the same thing. Let’s speak more about endo and people need to know that it is not a normal period pain it hurts and a lot!! Together we have the power! And, this page has given me inpiration to keep moving forward.

2 Comments on “Endometriosis by Ana Schultz”

  1. Hi Ana, I feel your pain. I am in the same situation. I have just had a pelvic ultrasound (after trying for a baby for almost 18 months with no luck) and found I have endometriomas in both my ovaries. It is so hard not knowing where you stand and what’s going to happen next. My Dr has referred me to a gynecologist but she hasn’t told me much about what to expect. There is so much uncertainty about whether I will have to use Ivf or surgery so I am able to conceive. I wish you luck with your ivf journey and hope you are pregnant or will be pregnant soon 😊 Catherine

  2. Oh Girls, I am with you!
    I’d had no idea about endo until 6 weeks ago I went to a gynaecologist for a check. My only worry was that I hadn’t got pregnant in 13 months which is still theoretically OK and too early to be alarmed. Smear, blood test, AMH – perfect results. However, it’d been 2 years since my last (private) check (NZ) and 4 years since last ultrasound (Germany) so it was high time for me to repeat it. I must emphasise since I was around 21 I have regularly (every 1-2 years) visited my gynaecologist (living in various places in Europe).
    I’ve been living in NZ for almost 4 years now and never quite understood why Kiwi ladies do not have “their” women’s doctor?? Why my friends here have never had an ultrasound?…
    And there I go – I’ve got a PCO (right), and been suspected to develop endo at an early stage and referred for a diagnostic lap. 10 days ago I underwent the procedure and been diagnosed with endo stage 3 and adenomyosis. I have had no severe symptoms, very regular periods for 5 days, pain only recently on day 1 and nurofen would get me through it… I was totally surprised by the diagnosis and I’d like to raise AWARENESS of getting regular CHECKS WITH A SPECIALIST. If I weren’t self aware of myself, I’d end up waiting for 6 more months without conceiving, getting frustrated every month as I seem to “be fine”. I was also sick of hearing that “I stress out too much” etc.
    NZ is an awesome place to live but there need to be more access to specialists. Even for no reason, just to check. Be regular. In my case both endo and PCO must have developed in the last 4 years and stayed quiet until now. As I mentioned, 2 years ago I went to see a gynaecologist privately and he didn’t run an ultrasound. I was surprised but didn’t insist on getting one as “it wasn’t needed”. I wish I had stayed true to how I was brought up – regular smear, regular breast and ovaries’ check. Maybe I wouldn’t have wasted the whole last year living in hope for a baby.
    That’s my advice to you all ladies. Stay safe and take care x

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