• Grainne Fahy

What It's Like Being a 19-Year-Old in Menopause | Decapeptyl

Updated: Jun 16, 2019

Okay, so I imagine you read the title of this and went "Wait.. What?" In both a confused and "What the hell is she on about this time" way. But I have an explanation.

So if you know me, you'd be aware that not too long ago I was diagnosed with a nasty chronic pain disease known as Endometriosis. I spoke a lot about how it affected me and the surgery involved, but I actually never went on to my current treatment and how I'm actually doing now.

I had most of the endo burnt off in surgery. I don't have much faith in the effectiveness of ablation, however. I'm of the belief I'll have to travel in the future for another, hopefully, more effective surgery in the next year or so.

But right now, in hopes to put my endo in remission I have been prescribed a drug known as Decapeptyl. This drug is used commonly by men suffering from prostate cancer, women that hit puberty prematurely, transgender people in the process of transitioning; and by women suffering Endometriosis.

The drug shuts down my ovaries. Inhibiting hormones and ovulation, which has put me into an early (but temporary) menopause. I have been on Decapeptyl since last November and still have another two months to go, and might I say this drug has been a complete Godsend to me.

Imagine being a 19-year-old woman with a disease that causes your hormones to be completely out of whack. The emotional turmoil you face every day as well as the pain. Now, imagine getting a small injection in your hip then all of that just... Stopping. The relief has been shocking.

I'm still in pain a lot of the time. But it's been seriously reduced. I'm currently taking Tibolone as a form of HRT to keep the majority of the side effects at bay. I still get hot flashes and feel fatigue, but I'll take that over crippling pain any day. I'd stay on this forever if I could, but unfortunately being on it too long can cause complications like osteoporosis and other nasty side effects to rear their heads. So right now, I'm doing pretty good. This is one of the many reasons I urge many women to get diagnosed. I'd be miserable if I did not get the treatment I needed. Please don't ignore your symptoms and deny yourself a much better quality of life. I don't have much else to say on this topic, if anyone has any more questions regarding Endometriosis or wants me to write a blog on any other aspects of endo or just on any general topic shoot me an email at grainnefahy.com or message my Facebook page!

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