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Severe cramps between periods


Hey ladies,

First off, I am seeing a doctor on Tuesday, so no matter what I'll be getting a professional opinion on this. I just wanted to know if any of you have experienced severe cramping between periods? I've been on the pill for years with no issues -- this pill in particular (Cyestra) has always been a wonder for me. My doctor has me taking 2 cycles of pills (6 weeks total) before going off and getting a period, as my periods have always caused me a lot of problems. Never even had so much as light spotting while on this pill.

Late Friday night I had this huge lightning bolt of pain and started cramping up after that. I still have 2.5 weeks of pills left until my next expected period, so this is unusual. My cramps are never this bad even when I normally get them. Taking OTC pills to relieve PMS symptoms has seemed to help, but they're still there a little bit. I went off the Cyestra early to see if my body is just ready to have a period, but so far nothing has happened.

And no, there is absolutely 0% chance of pregnancy!
Aug 14, 2016 @ 10:23 pm

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Never happened to me, but I was only on the pill for around a year before I had to stop.

I'm glad you're seeing a doctor! Don't worry too much, but it's definitely something to get checked out.
Aug 15, 2016 @ 12:55 am


Sometimes when you age your periods change, causing cramping. After consulting your doctor, they may advise a new pill. It could have something to do with your estrogen/progesterone levels.
Aug 15, 2016 @ 04:09 pm


I know my hormone levels have always been a bit off, so that's a definite possibility.
Aug 15, 2016 @ 07:33 pm


You're doing the best thing by seeing your doctor who can figure out if there's a problem All will be fine
Aug 15, 2016 @ 08:47 pm


I personally get severe cramps when I ovulate. I have to take a Motrin and usually have to walk around for 15 - 20 mins until the pill kicks in. It's like a back and side pain on the side where I am ovulating. Could that be what your experienceing?
Aug 15, 2016 @ 11:11 pm


I don't think so. I know ovulation is not impossible while on the pill, but it's much less likely. These are really low in my pelvis, where I normally get my menstrual cramps.
Aug 15, 2016 @ 11:14 pm



I know you have since seen your doctor, but I wanted to share my experience. I used to get the same thing and what caused it to stop was when I had a Mirena put in. It is a hormonal IUD, and I no longer get the cramps (or my period for that matter!) at all. I have successfully been on Mirena for close to 5 years.

Hope that you found some answers at your doctor, and if not, maybe ask them about Mirena?

Aug 16, 2016 @ 07:48 pm


My doctor said not to worry about it at this point since this is the first time it's happened, but after telling her that my symptoms while on my actual period were getting worse as well (ie. increased pain and migraines), I may need to have some tests done if these continue for a few cycles in a row.

I would love to have an IUD but have been warned against it as I have quite a weakened immune system from other health issues, and have been advised that it may be unsafe.
Aug 16, 2016 @ 08:41 pm


I had similar issues my dr decided to use an IUD to control it, ended up perforating my uterus, had to have a partial hysterectomy so it pretty much ruined my life, menorrhagia is awful I know my advice would be to research extensively before making your decision! Good luck!
Sep 03, 2016 @ 07:05 pm


Yikes! I'm so sorry to hear that you had such an awful experience.

I cannot have an IUD safely put in place at this time. I do like the idea of them because they're so long term, but I don't think they will ever really be an option for me.

My mom had to have a hysterectomy in her forties because she was having some problems and was told there was a strong chance of developing cancer. In the end it was safer for her to have everything removed, and it really saved her from going through all of the problems she was having. I hope I don't end up having similar problems, but it's always something I keep in the back of my mind, particularly because there are other members of the family who have had breast issues as well.

I just have to keep an eye on things and get those tests down the road, if need be.
Sep 03, 2016 @ 07:13 pm

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