I am a 25 year old female with no children and was diagnosed with endometriosis about four years ago. I had laparoscopic surgery in 2001. The surgery did not result in any improvement in my tremendous pain. Six months following the surgery (I tried to go natural for a while), I opted for Luperon shots. Although relatively pleasant (they were supposed to have awful side effects--mood swings, depression, hot flashes) the endo symptoms did NOT desist when the shots stopped. I have been taking back to back birth control ever since (to suppress the endo) and if I accidentally forget to take a pill I have terrible horrible pain and very bad uncontrollable bleeding that takes quite a while to get under control--not to mention the terrible side effects of the birth control (skin rashes, lack of sex drive, etc.). All in all, neither of these options have helped me AT ALL but I refuse to believe that I am a hopeless case. Hysterectomy is not an option because my husband and I want to have children. Also and MORE importantly, I have read a lot about this and it seems that even a hysterectomy will not cure endo because the cells may be located in other areas that are not removed by the surgery. Thus, following surgery, pain will occur. There is a doctor in Oregon (Dr. Redwine) who has devoted his life to studying endo. He has an alternative theory on the causes of endometriosis and an incredibly high laparoscopic surgery success rate. If you haven't already, check out his website:
This may be the best option. I am in the process of getting together my materials to send to him with the hope that I will be able to have surgery and be freed from this terrible burden.
Please be careful before you decide to have a hysterectomy as it may not cure the problem. I hope this information has helped.
Good Luck with your decision!