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Testimonial Tag : birth control pills

Menoka M - New York

Living with constant pain and suffering from endometriosis sounds extreme, but sadly that's the life a person with endometriosis lives. Going into the ER just because the pain is so bad walking or simply standing is tough. My journey to finding a pain free life has been long, seven years long. In 2009, I was experiencing a sharp pain on my left side during my period. I found a GYN physician who told me that I had an ovarian cyst and that I should go on birth control pills. This helped as my pain was temporarily relieved and a year…
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Yuchen S. - New York, NY

I have been lucky that up until age 25, I have not had any medical problems and even my period, which began at age 13, was always like a breeze - no pain, no heavy bleeding. I was athletic, happy, and worry-free.  As I turned 24, I noticed that I started to feel quite nauseous during period (still no pain though). Progressively, the nausea started to expand beyond period and I could feel sick for the entire month. At the same time, I start to feel exhausted easily. I was diagnosed with anxiety based on these “physical symptoms”. Turning 25,…
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Betsie R. - Bellmore NY

I am beyond grateful for the care Dr. Seckin had for my daughter Kristina. I myself could not imagine my daughter would be suffering from painful periods, headaches and nausea now diagnosed as Endometriosis. Other doctors put her on birth control pills; one doctor actually told her to suck it up. She switched doctors and found one that wanted to do surgery (laparoscopic). Kristina had the surgery but continued to feel pain. All symptoms returned with more pain within the flank area. She begged for help feeling hopeless. As a parent and a person who also suffered all me life…
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Nancy M. - East Northport, NY

My story with endometriosis begins 33 years ago when I was 16 years old.  I got my first period right before freshman year of high school at the age of 14.  I had mixed feelings as all of my friends had begun their periods already so I was happy to finally get mine and become a “woman”.  But I remember being so upset at having to wear pads and feeling inconvenienced.  If I only knew what lie ahead… Soon my periods became very heavy, filled with clots and bleeding that even overnight pads (sometimes two at a time) could not…
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Meghan C - Malverne, NY

I’ve struggled with bad periods for as long as I can remember. When I say “bad,” I mean bedridden for days, fainting every month, excruciating pain, and hemorrhaging kind of “bad.” I used to ruin a pair of pants almost every month, going through super-plus tampons every 30 minutes. Growing up, I was known as the girl with the worst possible periods imaginable. This stigma followed me from elementary school, to high school and even through college. But, I was told by 6 different OBGYN’s throughout the years that this was “normal” and “probably just hereditary.”  The first time I…
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Jess S. - Bloomfield NJ

I just turned 30 years old a week ago. My whole life I have been planning events, vacations, and even work- sometimes around my periods. Two weeks prior to my period every month, I’d become symptomatic. I’d get bloated, moody, and would suffer terrible body aches. My menstrual cycles were life changes, which is how I referred to them. Once I got my period, mentally I would feel relieved but physically- especially the first 2 days I would be keeled over in pain so bad that I would wake up from the cramps….once I even went to the ER. I…
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Maria Elena Basile, CSN, BSN, RNBC - New York

My Story with ENDOMETRIOSIS  by Maria Elena Basile, CSN, BSN, RNBC    As I reflect on life as a young pre-teen girl, I remember thinking something was wrong with me.  I wondered  why most of the girls in my grammar school class had already gotten their periods, as I still waited desperately for mine to "arrive". I eventually entered high school feeling like a little girl amongst young women.  It wasn't until mid freshman year that it finally came.  While most girls complained of its inconvenience, I rejoiced in my newfound womanhood.  I zealously carried around my sanitary napkins, feeling…
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C.F - NYC

As soon as I got my period in high school, I had terrible cramps and back pain that kept me home from school for at least a couple of days. I was never sure how to handle it; I tried every over the counter prescription but they would all eventually stop working for me. At 18, I went to the doctor and she gave light birth control pills to help ease the pain, but the pain didn’t go away. Not only that but my period was never on time, sometimes I would get it early, sometimes I would get it…
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Orue F - South Florida

I am 23-years-old and from South Florida. I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis after finding an endometrial (or chocolate) cyst in my ovary. I went on to have a cystectomy to remove the cyst and also had my endometriosis fulgurated (burning technique). I noticed right after the surgery that I did not feel any relief whatsoever. My doctor at the time instructed me to keep my birth control pills continuously to only get my menstruation every 3 months. This plan did not work for me, and my pains were intolerable. I suffered in silence for many years and thought…
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Gabriela G. - Franklin Square, NY

How does one thank a doctor for giving you your life back? Maybe some day I will find the answer. My story might be a common one. I am a 35-year-old professional single parent. Since the birth of my 14-year-old son I had suffered from excruciating pain. It would feel like a stabbing and twisting of my ovaries. This pain would render me immobile. I would go completely pale, and then get a burning from within my abdomen. When I was finally able to move, I would be left with a sensation that felt much like my uterus was a…
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Amy M - Bedminister NJ

Ever since I was 13, I've experienced very painful cramps with body aches and bloating. I've been pretty in-tune with my body so I could tell when my cycle was about to start, as I would get migraines. The pain would be so bad that I would cry myself to sleep writhing in pain. I would not be able to walk for the first day or so. I would experience very bad fatigue. It was vey difficult for me to have a bowel movement or to avoid, as it was very painful during my cycle. Around day three of the…
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Ginny

It started when I was 12-years-old. The dreaded period. I would be on the couch for days with the heating pad thinking everyone went through this. My teens and early twenties were filled with exhaustion, pain and severe bleeding. I can remember talking to my friends about it asking how long theirs lasted; most said 2-3 days. I simply couldn’t fathom that, my lasted 7-8 long days with every PMS symptom there was. My doctors said it was “normal” and that everybody was different. I was put on birth control pills when I was 17. This seemed to make them…
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Letty's Story

When I first got my period in my early teens I had mild cramps that would go away with two Motrin pills a day. As I started getting older, I noticed my cramps getting worse, by my late teens I would be vomiting the first day of my period and would spend three days in bed in pain. In my early 20s, the vomiting went away but the pain did not lessen and my doctor decided I should go on birth control pills to help shorten the days of my menstruation and help with pain. It really didn’t, I learned from…
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Amy's story

I was diagnosed of having three "chocolate cyst" in my right ovary back in Oct. 2010 when I had abnormally bleeding between periods. I was 26-years-old and unknown of any reproductive organ problems. I was shocked by the bad news and asked many question about the “chocolate cyst”. That’s what my OB/GYN doctor called it. However, she seemed like it wasn’t a serious problem as long as it’s benign. I was having severe pain on my right side of lower abdomen every time I have my period as well as moderate pain on other days. This was really unusual, I…
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Marilyn M.

Dear Dr. Seckin:  I wanted to send you a letter of gratitude for helping me get through many many years of pain and suffering due to endometriosis. Notice I didn’t say "my endometriosis" as it is treated now, thanks to you.    Many years ago, when I was in my early 30s, I started getting horrific pain in my pelvic area. After visiting many doctors they all said I had cysts and fibroids in my ovaries and uterus, but they weren’t large enough to remove. They didn’t mention endometriosis. They kept saying the pain would go away. Every month I had…
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Tracy's Story

Tracy Pennea: I’m Tracy Pennea and I was diagnosed with endometriosis in March, 2010. My life includes taking care of the horses, bringing them in, turning them out, bringing up all the hay and the tractor and lifting up the big bales of hay. You get 40 to 50 pound bags of grain that we always have to lift on our shoulders and carry around ourselves. It’s a lot of heavy lifting, a lot of heavy physical stuff. It was about 1996 when I realized I had some cysts on the ovaries and it became pretty painful with the periods.…
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Jennifer T's testimonial

After many years of suffering with unusually painful menstrual cramps, stomach aches and bowel problems that became worse at the time of her period, my 27-year-old daughter, Jennifer, finally ended up with a diagnosis of endometriosis. This was only after ending up in the hospital emergency room with excruciating pain and undergoing surgery for a bowel obstruction caused by the endometrial tissue that had caused the blockage.  Even after finally having the diagnosis and following up with her ob/gyn, she was told that she had a mild case and simply prescribed birth control pills. The pain and discomfort continued to…
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Pat K., New Jersey

Dear Dr. Seckin:Please consider this as the most heartfelt and appreciative letter that I have ever written.When my daughter, son and I first came to your office one year ago in December of 2009, I was at my wits end. My daughter, Pam was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis 15 years before, had, subsequently, undergone four surgeries, and was in constant pain. Her life was miserable and, watching her struggle to do the mundane things broke my heart. Actually, I could easily write a book about all of the trials and tribulations that occured during those years.  We listened and…
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