I have a few questions about Endo and was hoping that some of you ladies would be kind enough to give me some advice. I started having painful/heavy periods during college. My OBGYN at the time recommended birth control, so I took his advice and started it when I was about 21. It did make me feel so much better, and it was nice to plan my cycles, so I stayed on it for about 4 years. At that time, I was married and decided to stop taking it so that my body could get back on track on its own and then we could start trying for a baby.
Since being off the bcp, my painful periods are back. Usually get pelvic pain/cramps and sometimes lower back pain before/during my period. Also, I get this "tight" feeling in my stomach, and sometimes feel like I can't stand up straight. Once in a while, I also see a change in bowel movements during my period and may have some pain with intercourse if it occurs shortly after my period. The major problem now appears to be infertility. We have been ttc for 2 1/2 years with no luck. All of my tests (bloodwork, ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram) have come back normal. I've mentioned my endo concerns to my doctor, but she refuses to do a lap.
I guess my questions are these: Does this sound like endo? If so, do I need to have a lap? As far as the infertility goes, what should I do there? I've started fish oil supplements because I've heard they can help, but part of me feels like maybe I need to go back on birth control temporarily. I felt so good and my cycles seemed to do so well after I first quit them, so I'm wondering if I go back and take them for a few months, would that help make me more fertile again?
I would appreciate any advice or stories you can share. I'm very frustrated and scared and just trying to decide what to do, especially about ttc. Thank you so much! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.