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Why do I have a heavy cycle and severe cramping?

By Anonymous October 1, 2010 - 6:06pm
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About 3 months ago I stopped taking my birth control pills. I did this because I didn't like the side effects they were causing and I couldnt get answers from my doctors office. I've been on BC for over 7 years originally because of severe cramping and ovarian cysts when I was younger. Every other year or so I switch pills for various reasons. I switched from Nuva ring this year and went back to the pill had bad effects from them. My cycle was all over the place, I was having bad cramping... sometimes severe pain after sex (married) and things of the sorts. My doctor retired this summer so I was talking to another doctor and various nurses to get this fixed. Finally I just stopped taking the pills. As soon as I stopped taking the pills my cycle came full swing heavy! I always have the normal symptoms lower back pain, extreme fatigue, light cramping, breast tenderness, but this time it was worse plus the heaviness I wasn't use to. Then it stopped for 7 days and started back for 5 then 32 days (after the first day of the 5 day cycle) I had a heavy cycle (going through "super" tampons every 2 hours and pads...horrible cramps, 2 days of headaches, back pain, breast tenderness, and exhaustion. (then I had the weird 7 days off then come back for 5 days again) 31 days (after the first day of the 5 day cycle) later same thing... this time worse cramps plus the usual headaches/back pain/breast tenderness and so on. Fast forward 29 days to this past week. I have had cramps I could barely stand/sit at my desk at work..at night I sit in the fetal position with a heating bad and fall asleep with exhaustion. The same heavy cycle going through pads and tampons every 2 hours or less. Ohh...and I am so sensitive to smells its driving my husband crazy. I have been this way for the week leading up to my cycle and still going.

I've always wondered if I had endometriosis but figured Im not a doctor so I won't diagnose myself... But next year my husband and I want to start a family and Im curious as if this is possibly going to cause an issue...we haven't exactly been careful but I sort of estimate when Im ovulating and try to be a little more careful...
Is my body still getting "adjusted" to not being on BC or is there something more going on? Is this what I would have been dealing with for the past 7 years if I wasnt on BC?
Is there any natural ways to help ease? I'm miserable. I can barely function with these cramps and having to change tampons/pads so frequently.
My next OBGYN visit is in January (Im switching offices to a doctor several of my mommy friends use) and I hate to make a visit now to go and pay a "specialist" cost since its not my regular yearly visit so Im looking for potential answers (for everything) here...
I'm 25, never been pregnant. Have been with my husband (dating and marriage) for over 5 years.
My mom said she had what seemed like her regular cycle the whole time she was pregnant with me..all 9 months. One of my girlfriends had the same thing with her son. (???)
Thanks for any advice... I know it was a lot of questions I hope I gave enough information.

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Hello Anonymous

I suggest you make an appoint to see your gynecologist. You are clearly having menstrual issues, and by January you could be quite anemic from the blood loss. While you are there, have your annual exam, discuss the fact that you want to become pregnant, and your gyne will help you make a plan to accomplish that.

Sometimes docs are more proactive now with prescribing supplements and other things prior to pregnancy. In addition, you may have fibroids or as you wonder, endometriosis or even a hormonal issue that the birth control kept in check. It is important to figure this out before you attempt pregnancy.

Please let us know how you do. Good luck and thank you for writing.

October 2, 2010 - 6:57am
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Anonymous (reply to Cary Cook BSN RN)

I tried calling my current doctors office and the nurse said "So are you pregnant? If you aren't I'm not really sure why you are calling here because I'm not really seing a connection between the symptoms you are describing and your cycle. I don't think they have anything to do with one another. I think you just need a check up at your regular family doctor."
Talk about discouraging, and not being listened to.
So, I have made an appointment with my family doctor for a general check up and if she refers me back to my OBGYN, then I'll go ahead and switch to the new doctor....
Thanks again.

October 9, 2010 - 3:20am
(reply to Anonymous)

Jeez Anonymous. That nurse didn't do a very good job with you, did she?

I think I would want to switch, too. Please let us know if we can help further, and what your primary says. It may help others in the same position, you know? Thanks for writing again.

October 9, 2010 - 6:38am
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