Re: Endometriosis symptoms returning
Yes, I relate to what you are feeling. I think you should try to get perhaps one more laparoscopy done at this time since it has been almost 5 years, but there is the potential for a small amount of scar tissue inside you each time, which can sometimes be troublesome in itself later on. So if you need additional treatment after this one, your doctor is probably going to eventually suggest trying some kind of drugs that basically put you into temporary menopause to halt the endo. This is not as bad as it sounds and it helps preserve your reproductive functions from damage until you are ready to try to become pregnant. Of course, the ultimate treatment would be pregnancy, but if you are not at a place in life where that is possible, that is not really an option.
I was 24 when I had my first laparscopy to diagnose and treat endo. I was having those sharp stinging pains and a lot of pain with my periods. They lasered it out and advised me that I could have future problems trying to get pregnant, but you just cannot tell until you actively try to get pregnant. You could have a lot of endo and have no problem getting pregnant or barely any and have all kinds of trouble, endo is weird like that.
For me, I was not married or in a position to try for a pregnancy until I was 37. It is really hard to rationalize to yourself and to doctors that you want to spend money and have tests and surgical procedures to do things that protect your ability to get pregnant when you are not ready to start trying at the current time. I haven't been able to become pregnant, and I will always wonder if I had actively done things to try to protect my ability to conceive during all those years when I was single, would things have been different for me?
There is a new movement gaining support to teach younger women how to actively protect their fertility so that when they want a family, they will not have a rude surprise. I wish more women would realize this, that I had realized it myself in my 20's. So I say do your best to take care of your endo, but also realize that a lot of this is one big question mark until you are actually ready to try for a pregnancy.