Fibrocystic breasts run in my family and I have had Endometriosis for 13 years (endometrium growing on the ovaries, in my case). I have been on several different birth controls, including Depo-Provera. After three pregnancy losses, my hormones changed and I could not go back to taking birth control without having major water retention issues (swelling in my abdomen, face, and ankles). After being off of the pill for a few months, I was becoming very constipated (taking two laxative pills a day) and experienced sharp pain during ovulation and sex. So I scheduled an ultrasound. It showed that my ovaries had adhered to my bowel (causing my constipation/pain). The tech said that only happens if you have had Endo for a VERY long time. So, I concluded that all of that medication that I had taken didn’t actually correct my Endo. It had just masked the symptoms. Fed up, I found Endovan on a random Google search.
I have been taking Endovan for four months now, and I took notes. Bottles 1-3 had some good and some bad. Bottle #1: by the time I finished it, I was completely off the laxative pills, but I was also so bloated during my first period that I couldn’t button my pants and had to loosen my bra. Bottle #2: less bloating and no pain during sex, but very moody. Bottle #3: painless ovulation, only some pressure, but very fatigued. Bottle #4: All good. Cycles beginning to extend to a normal length (used to be 24 days, now 28), I am finally able to lose weight, and I am retaining minimal water.
Synopsis: It will take a while, but it seems to actually fix the problem.
This video is also helpful if you want more info (be prepared to fast forward through the personal bits): https://youtu.be/EV8YwbY4w8s. She suggests that you can lower your dose after being on it for six months to one pill a day. That way you are saving money, but you don’t relapse. I’m going to start the process of reducing the number of pills I take soon. I doubt I will ever go off of Endovan completely. When you’ve had an issue for 13 years, you know it’s here to stay.
Good luck to you all.