I am glad you have found us and I hope we can offer you helpful information and support right now!
If you are using a medication like Lupron to induce chemical menopause, there are side effects. Some of them can be combated with low dose add back therapy so you may want to ask your surgeon if that is an option for you.
Also, initially there is a surge in hormones which can worsen your endometriosis pain. Once your ovaries stop producing estrogen, the theory is that your endometriosis implants will subside and thus the pain will decrease. Unfortunately, this is effective for some, not for others. Regardless, medications that induce chemical menopause do not cure endometriosis.
Surgical menopause is no picnic and it can be complex with endometriosis in the picture. While you need estrogen for your overall health, that same estrogen can fuel endometriosis. On the other hand, going without estrogen doesn't necessarily resolve the endometriosis issue as any remaining implants can create their own estrogen.
That said, there is hope and you do have options! In fact, if you look for an endometriosis specialist it is also possible you could preserve your fertility for a time, allowing you to have another child. Those doctors are trained to excise endometriosis from multiple areas including the bowel, bladder, kidneys, etc. So I would STRONGLY encourage you to at least consult with one before you head into OR for a hysterectomy. There is a link at the top of this forum with the names of some surgeons who have helped other women with endometriosis, and there is also an article with tips for finding a doctor who can help. They key for treating endometriosis is the skillful excision of the existing implants, not the removal of our reproductive organs.
I did have my hysterectomy when I was 25 because of endometriosis (it covered my uterus) and we couldn't stop my bleeding. I did not choose to see a specialist at the time for a number of reasons. My local OB/GYN was able to do a pretty good job but he had to leave endometriosis on my bowel walls. Years later when I had finally had enough, I traveled to an endometriosis specialist who excised the endometriosis from my bowel walls. He also cleaned up all the new endometriosis and all the adhesions. Since then, I have been endometriosis pain and symptom free, even with both of my ovaries!
Feel free to check out the endometriosis information we have linked to the top of this forum, and do post any questions or concerns you may have. You can also check out the rest of the site to learn more about hysterectomies in general.
I do wish you all the very best!