SLUMPED on a shop floor unable to move, Megan Argyle wasn't sure she could take much more pain.
She had been battling excruciating endometriosis - caused when tissue from the womb starts to grow on other pelvic organs - since the birth of her daughter in 2014.
To make matters worse, the mum-of-one, from Hull, Yorks, was born with two sets of reproductive organs.
Desperate to put an end to her agony, she decided to have a double hysterectomy at just 28 - meaning she would have both her wombs removed.
Megan said: “Nothing was helping, my heavy periods continued, and the pain never stopped.
I would change up to three sanitary pads per hour and I was in constant agony to the point where I have to curl into a ballMegan Argyle
“My quality of life was getting worse and worse. I’ve lost count of how many times I was signed off work.
“I would change up to three sanitary pads per hour and I was in constant agony to the point where I have to curl into a ball.
“I have also been known to sit on the floor in shops as I physically couldn’t walk any more."
Despite four ablations - a surgically procedure that destroys the lining of the uterus and reduce menstrual flow whilst burning endometriosis away - it continued to grow back leaving Megan in constant pain.
Megan trialled all contraceptive pills and a coil for each cervix – one of which became embedded and was surgically removed.
She added: “I was put into an induced menopause, but I continued to bleed so the doctor agreed a hysterectomy is the best option for me.”
Megan says it was the best decision she could have made and has given her the quality of life back so she can be the best mum to daughter Rubie, five.
She said: “I feel incredibly lucky to have her after the doctors warned me at 21 that I must try for a baby before I’m 30 and the chance of miscarriage was very high.
“I was only 21 with my whole life ahead of me, I had never thought about children before, but it seemed like a now or never decision as the endometriosis was getting worse and can cause further fertility problems.
“I suffered one miscarriage before giving birth to my miracle baby Rubie at 23 but it has been so hard for me to enjoy activities with her because of my crippling endometriosis.”
Although Megan had both uterus's removed on October 9 – her ovaries were not removed so she can have children through the surrogacy in the future.
She found out she had a rare condition known as uterus didelphys - which caused her to have two cervix's, two wombs with an ovary in each and one vagina - when she was 14.
Megan explained: “When I was 14, I ripped the septum which is a dividing wall of tissue in the vagina when I was having sex with my then boyfriend.
“The blood was gushing out and I knew something wasn’t right, I went to the hospital and they discovered I have two cervix’s and two uterus's.
“I was having underage sex but in hindsight it was a good thing because I found out about my condition from a young age.
Symptoms of endometriosis
Endometriosis is where cells like the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.
Each month, these cells react in the same way to those in the womb - building up and then breaking down and bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.
That can lead to infertility, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems, as well as really heavy, painful periods.
It affects one in ten women in the UK.
- Painful, heavy, or irregular periods
- Pain during or after sex
- Chronic pain
- Painful bowel movements
The cause of endometriosis is unknown and there is no definite cure.
According to Endometriosis UK, it takes over seven years on average for women to finally receive a diagnosis.
It's estimated that up to 50 per cent of infertile women has the condition.
Source: Endometriosis UK
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“It also explained my heavy periods that would last for two weeks and they got worse and worse.
“At 18, I was diagnosed with endometriosis on both sets of my reproductive organs and I also had cysts on my right ovary.
“I am now happier than ever, and I can’t wait to be a mum again – I can’t wait to go swimming with my daughter and pick her up when she falls without being in excruciating pain.”