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Cramps for a week before period

By Anonymous February 12, 2016 - 12:41pm
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I have been having lower pelvic pain for a week now and it's currently a week before my period. Last weekend I threw up two night in a row; however, it was over 5 hours after I took both of my pills. The next day I had diarrhea an hour after I took my pill. After I had sex a few days later, I took plan b just incase my pills did not stay in my system. I also had sex again recently and have had cramping during intercourse as well. What could be going on?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Cramping before your actual menstrual cycle begins is normal.Your uterine lining is changing and preparing for the lining to shed and menstrual flow to begin.

Did you just start taking birth control pills? Do you think your system is having a side effect from the birth control pill or was it just a one off thing with you getting sick?

In the future, instead of using emergency contraception, use a milder form of birth control method, (i.e. condom), because it will be easier on your system.

As for the pain during intercourse (dyspareunia), it can be a number of things like, needing more lubrication between you and your partner, stress and tension, changes in vagina (trauma, dryness, reaction from birth control pills, etc.), inflammation/infection, etc.

Here is more information on dyspareunia.


I hope this helps.

Be well, 


February 12, 2016 - 1:45pm
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