I woke up one morning and I felt different. I can’t quite explain it but I just felt that my body was changing. I was 43 years old. “This Can’t Be Menopause!…Can It?” I thought.
From the time I got my first period at age 12, I suffered the pain of menstruation. The cramps were unbearable. The first two days of my period, every month, were spent curled up in bed with a hot water bottle warming my stomach to help with the awful pain that I was experiencing.
I was told that when I had children the discomfort of stomach cramps would subside. But after my third child, they didn’t and to make matters worse I developed another problem called Endometriosis. For those of you who do not know this gynecological disorder that affects over 5 million women, it occurs when the endometrial lining (found inside the uterus) begins to grow on the outside of the uterus causing lesions to the ovaries, fallopian tubes and binds tissue to other organs in areas near the uterus.