Beatrice's Story

Eventually, their advice turned from over-the-counter medication to prescriptions. The drugs I was taking may have become more powerful, but so did my symptoms. Besides, the medications only blunted the pain, rather than treating what was causing it. In addition, the pain medications were beginning to upset my stomach. But there was another problem, too. And I was way too embarrassed to talk about it, even with my closest friends.

As every woman knows, her period isn't supposed to be painless. So, as a teenager, I became accustomed to the monthly cramps and discomfort. But in my 20s somehow the pain became more intense, more severe. Much more. And longer lasting. In fact, the pain sometimes lasted nearly half the month. My girlfriends, my sisters—even my internist and OBGYN—told me it was all normal. That, for some women, the degree of pain and the duration I'd experienced fell within typical range. I tend to be a trusting person, so I believed my doctor when she reassured me. Just take pain relievers. Eventually, their advice turned from over-the-counter medication to prescriptions. The drugs I was taking may have become more powerful, but so did my symptoms. Besides, the medications only blunted the pain, rather than treating what was causing it. In addition, the pain medications were beginning to upset my stomach. But there was another problem, too. And I was way too embarrassed to talk about it, even with my closest friends.

The pain from my period resurfaced any time I was intimate with my boyfriend, even when I wasn't actually having my period. I never wanted him to think I didn't enjoy being with him, but I also didn't want to lie about sexual pleasure when pain got in the way. Of course, it wasn't at all my boyfriend's fault. I started blaming myself. Was I doing something wrong? Could my OB/GYN really be right that all the pain I was enduring was normal — and that I'd have suffer this way until menopause? The more questions that filled my head, the greater my desire to uncover answers. I searched the internet exhaustively for information. When I stumbled upon web sites about endometriosis, I had never heard of it. I'm not even sure I could pronounce it correctly! But when I read various women's accounts of the disease, their stories sounded an awful lot like mine. Another discovery I made online was Dr. Tamer Seckin, of Park East Medical Group in New York City. I scheduled an appointment, and he told me endometriosis was treatable — though not through costly medications that mask the pain but fail to address its cause. Most importantly, though, Dr. Seckin insisted that the pain I felt was not normal. Not normal at all! No woman, he said, needed to endure the extent of pain that I had. To be honest, at our first meeting I was skeptical. How could my friends, my internist, my OB/GYN — how could they all be wrong? And if, as Dr. Seckin had insisted, endometriosis could be treated effectively with excision laparoscopic surgery, then why had I put up with such agony for the better part of a decade?

After meeting again with Dr. Seckin — and researching treatment options further on my own — I determined to give his advanced surgical technique a try. Nobody, of course, enjoys surgery. But, researching as much as I did, I concluded the benefits far outweighed any real or imagined risks. And was I right! Thanks to Dr. Seckin's surgical skill, I was in and out of the hospital same-day, with full-functioning and complete removal of the endometrial tissue that had plagued me. Before long, I had resumed swimming, rowing and running marathons. And yes, my boyfriend can see how much more I enjoy intimacy with him — more than ever before. A year since my surgery with Dr. Seckin, I can say my period has returned to manageable levels of discomfort. Another thing: If my endometriosis ever threatened my fertility, it certainly does no longer. I cannot guarantee that Dr. Seckin's treatment is right for you. But I can absolutely guarantee that a consultation is more than worth your while to find out!

Beatrice

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  • Winnie Chan

    I’ve seen many obgyns over the years explaining my monthly symptoms during my period...but eventually it became a daily struggle with these pain. It feels like a poke here and there near my right pelvic region. I was given birth control pills for the past ten years but honestly, it didn’t help at all. I was in bed whenever I…

  • Rachel Grobman

    Dr.Seckin is so much more than a surgeon. His passion for helping endometriosis sufferers and determination to improve the quality of life in all of his patients is undeniable. I remember when my gynecologist first told me I needed a laparoscopy. Her exact words were "I can do the surgery, but if you were MY daughter- I'd send you to…

  • Esin Kocabiyik

    I was there for hysterectomy but then I found out that I also had endometriosis.My both surgeries went excellent and I feel great!.I am so thankful to Dr.Seckin and all his team for making my journey smooth!

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  • nikoletta pados

    I am a physician who suffered from deep infiltrative endometriosis. I needed laparoscopic surgery, so I went to see my former gynaecologist and he performed the procedure (a surgery which he supposedly does hundreds of times a year) last November. I had severe pain again when I had my period in January and was advised to go on taking a…

  • Grace Larsen

    After years of excessively painful periods, a serious loss of quality of life, and a series of uninformed and uninterested doctors, Dr. Seckin and Dr. Goldstein turned my life around. I was told I woke up from my surgery almost a year ago with a smile on my face, and I haven't stopped since. Before I heard of Dr. Seckin,…

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  • Jacqueline Galindo

    Dr Seckin and his team gave me back my life! Tomorrow will be 1 month since my surgery and I feel great. Dr. Seckin, Dr Liu, and Dr Goldstein are not only beyond words talented and amazing Doctors, but they are also genuinely wonderful and caring people. I cannot say enough great things about Holly, Asiye and Kim as well.…

  • Anna Lu

    Dr. Seckin and his staff spared me from years and years of heavy periods and unbearable endometriosis pain. After having surgery with him (my first) I can now function like a regular human. No more eating NSAIDs like candy and calling out sick from work. Thank you, Dr. Seckin!