Again from the Women’s Surgery Group, this time on when diagnostic laparoscopy is indicated:
Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy should be considered in those women with pelvic pain which has not responded after 3 months of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and/or 3 months of oral contraceptives.
Oh. My. God.
Three months. Even if I’d been trying them consecutively and not together, that should have only been six months.
My first diagnostic lap had been after I’d been trying NSAIDs and oral contraceptives (though mostly NSAIDs at that point) for three years. My second diagnostic lap came ten years after that.