Post # 1
I was on the pill for about 7 years, and have just started my 3rd period since coming off. Prior to going on the pill I had really heavy periods with REALLY.BAD.CRAMPS. I was only 16 when I went on the pill, so I figured some of the heaviness/cramping was because I was young..
Fast forward 7 years and I’m off the pill. It was giving me headaches, and my Fiance and I decided I would come off, and we would be careful. My first two periods after I came off were ok. The first one was pretty normal compared to what it was like while I was on the pill. The second one was heavy for sure, and some cramping but not as bad as I ever remember.. I felt confident that if this is as bad as it gets, I can handle it.
Onto the third period since off BCP…I woke up this morning at 5am with horrible cramps. I don’t ever recall them being this bad. I threw up because I was in so much pain.. it was really bad. They lasted about an hour, but I don’t think I can do this every month. It made me panic I was in so much pain.
Does any one have an advice or things that have worked for them? I popped a couple of advil when they started, and that did nothing, and I remember being a teenager and Midol didn’t help then either. Looking for advice so I can be better prepared next month. My cramps usually come about 36 hours after my period starts, and are very intense for an hour. They are light an on and off the rest of the week, but pretty much nothing compared to that one horrible hour.
Any advice would be much appreciated. I was thinking of going to the doctor and asking for some stronger pain meds, but I wouldn’t mind trying a natural method before having to take a strong pain killer or something..
Thanks a lot!
Post # 3
When I’m having bad cramps, I take a hot bubble bath. It’s so relaxing and always makes me feel better! You should try it.
Post # 4
I am currently on depo provera because of suspected endometriosis and therefore really terrible cramps. The depo is helping, but before going on that I would fill up a hot water bottle with the hottest water I could stand and take some extra-strength midol and just try to relax. I totally understand how horrible it can be – I tried all sorts of painkillers and really the only kind that would do anything was extra-strength midol taken before the cramps started (if possible) or at the onset of them. Also, try not to have much dairy or caffeine around the time that you get these awful cramps because those tend to make things worse.
Post # 5
I’ve been suffering from horrible menstrual cramps since I was 14 & I have been on some sort of BC since then. Mine are throw up, pass out, cold sweats, and the worst pain I can even imagine. I sit in a cold shower for hours & I can’t even move out of the shower to use the restroom. It’s extremely embarrassing & my own brother has had to fish me out of the shower when I pass out. I was on the Nuvaring for a while and loved it,and I only had periods 2x a year. Now I’m on the Implanon where I have no periods for 3 years (pause as I sing the Hallelujah Chorus). Take 1600 milligrams of Ibouprofen when your cramps start. I know that seems like a lot, but you are allowed 2400 a day. It’ll still hurt, but it takes the edge off. Heat may work for most, but heat makes my cramps 10x worse, cold helps a little.
Post # 6
Next time try taking advil before the cramps actually start. I used to have terrible cramps like that, and for me any meds were useless if I waited until the cramps started to take them but i if I took meds as soon as my period started, it headed off bad cramps.
Post # 7
I highly highly recommend acupuncture. It can help regulate your period and seriously reduce PMS including cramps.
Post # 8
Have you been checked for endometriosis and cysts? It’s not normal to have horrible pain that makes you throw up. I usually use a heating pad when my cramps get bad. I do use BC but I still get sucky cramps.
Post # 9
@laurelina: Along that same line, I pop 3 (not 2…does nothing) Ibeprofun right when I *think* I’m getting my period. I get cramps like you, and within the last few years I actually get a very light period a day before it actually goes out of control, so I can kind of plan for the pain and heavy cycle.
Other things that have worked have been heating pad (which at first didn’t, but lately yes) and (as gross as this is to write) actually rubbing, squeezing, pushing, etc. with my hands around my stomach to try and work out the *issue*. Bubble baths have worked too, but end up being kind of gross for me, so I try to stay away a bit.
I’m so sorry for the details, but just trying to help! Overall, best method for me is almost overdosing on pain meds the first day.
Post # 10
I second the pp’s with taking the meds before you actually get the cramps. I’ve always had bad cramping the first day of and I had the doc write me a script for 800mg IB profen. I take it the day or two before I think I’m going to get my period… I can DEFINITELY tell when the meds start to wear off. Also camomile tea helps along with a heating pad. I’ve also noticed that if i go and exercise the day of (I love love swimming and cycling) it makes cramps go away/prevents them from being as bad. if you don’t want to exercise.. just getting up and taking a stroll around the block helps.. even if I’m almost doubled over in pain. i suck it up for the first few minutes (i’m sure my neighbors think I’m psycho! lol) but it really does help
Post # 11
I know this one sounds gross, but sometimes an orgasm will help cramps go away.
Taking the Advil BEFORE your period starts definately helps – take it every 4 hours like clockwork.
Post # 12
Ginger soup. Another one to try would be ginger tea with honey and lemon.
My vote is for ginger soup. Mom made it for me once, and every time after that I would beg her for it. The trick with menstruation is to warm the body. Eat heaty things like chocolate (I know right, isn’t that a great excuse?) and GINGER!
Post # 13
Agree with heavy advil (liquigel) dose before or first day, ans orgasm as pp said, so masturbate-do/read/watch whatever you can to get there and my number 1 helper is a hot water bottle. The damp heat (behind my back and on my abdomen) is like nothing else. Highly highly recommend a hot water bottle over a bath even.
Hope you find something soon that works OP!
Post # 14
I agree with PP about taking advil or pamprin (or the strongest thing you have) before the cramps start. The only thing that really helps me is a scalding bath, like PP said, it has to be as hot as I can stand it. The only down side is that it only helps while I’m in the bath (the pain comes right back as soon as I get out).
I hope you find something that works well for you. I also had terrible cramps before starting BC at a young age. I didn’t have a period for the 4 years I took BC (I was on the Depo shot), and I expected the cramps to be much less severe now that I’ve gotten older. No such luck, so I definitely understand.
Post # 15
The only thing that makes me feel better from cramps is taking a nap (belly down) on a cold floor – tile, hardwood, concrete – – I know it sounds stupid but the cool makes me feel better and if I can relax enough to fall asleep, I can sleep out the worst of my cramps. An Ice cube on the back of my neck usually helps too.
I could never do a warm bath or hot water bottle because the heat always made me feel nauseous.
I’ve also found that Pamprin complete >>>>> Midol, at least for me.
Sending feel better thoughts your way!
Post # 16
@everalwaysrealtrue: This is exactly how it is for me… Heat makes my cramps worse, and a cold floor helps. Once I throw up a few times, I can finally fall asleep, and when I wake up my cramps are lighter.