Doctors tell woman to get pregnant to ease endo pain – but sex is too painful

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A woman who can't have sex because of intense pain claims that doctors told her to get pregnant to ease the agony.

Jasmine O'Pray, 28, was shocked when doctors told her the only cure for endometriosis was to have a baby.

At the age of 15, Jasmine started taking the pill for 12 years as she began suffering from extreme period pains.

Then in 2018, the singleton, who lives in London, began experiencing extreme pelvic pain.

She said the constant pain impacts her life so much that she had to give up her job as a hairdresser.

Also she experiences bloating and nausea on a regular basis, saying that some days she's unable to even leave her bed.

She said: "I've been told to get pregnant on several occasions because it might help change my symptoms for the better but it's not really a cure.

"I can't have sex because it's so painful, so the last thing I am thinking about is bringing a child into the world to burden with the same problems as me.

"I was so shocked when I walked away from a doctor who told me to get pregnant and I really wasn't sure what to do from then.

"It was like someone telling me there's nothing they can do to help anymore.

"I get painful womb cramps which I have to calm down with medication. I bloat really badly when I'm in severe pain daily and I've lost weight because I regularly feel nauseous and lose my appetite."

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Now since coming off the bill due to breast tenderness, Jasmine says she's struggling even more.

On multiple occasions, Jasmine has been rushed to hospital because the pain is so severe.

She explained: "I used to go to the doctors about my period pains because I'd be throwing up, collapsing in pain and losing control of my bowels.

"I went on the pill for 12 years and that subsided the pain a little, but ever since I came off it I've struggled daily – it's completely changed my life around.

"I used to be so sociable, bubbly and excited but now I'm unable to move from my bed. I've given up my job as a hairdresser because I can't walk – there was no way I could walk around for 10 hours in pain."

Jasmine is currently under investigation to officially diagnose her condition as endometriosis.

And she said it's been a long battle to get to this point of trying to speed up the process of treatment.

She continued: "Endometriosis is a life-long illness and so many women suffer from it so I don't understand how it's not a huge deal. Doctors are trying to control it with medication or pregnancy and for some of us that's not an option because I don't want kids.

"I don't want to slam NHS doctors because the problem is that there's not enough awareness of research into endometriosis, I don't think it's a very informed illness.

"People need to know that it's not a joke anymore and more needs to be done to help women. That's why it's so important for me to spread awareness and speak on behalf of other women going through a similar battle."

Emma Cox, CEO of Endometriosis UK, said: "Endometriosis is where cells similar to the lining of the womb grow elsewhere in the body, each month swelling with blood and shedding with the menstrual cycle.

"However, unlike the lining of the womb which leaves the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.

"Pregnancy, like hormonal drug treatments which stop periods, may temporarily suppress the symptoms, but does not get rid of the disease itself and symptoms usually recur after the birth of the child.

"We don't know what causes endometriosis and there is no cure; myths like this highlight the real need for research into endometriosis so we can find the cause and work towards a cure as well as better treatments."

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