Ask an expert
Question

12 Jan 2006

Severe period pains
Hi Doc,

I am 22 this year and I have been getting very bad period pains since I was 17.

For as long as I can remember, my period has been very irregular. My GP has even done a few scans on my ovaries as she had initially suspected that they may have had growths, but she came across none.

I was on a daily contraceptive last year which cleared my acne problem and made my period pains bearable. I stopped taking the pills for seven months, and I have been back on this contraceptive for the past three months now - in the hope that my period pains would subside - but it doesn't seem to be assisting me with my pains. I had also cut out eating certain foods containing caffeine two weeks before each period.

I have to rely on my hot water bottle and pain medication to "survive" these pains that sometime immobilise me. This is proving more and more impractical as my career is a busy one.

My question is, is there anything that I can reduce the severity of my period pains?
Answer 331 views
Expert
GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

You can try Ponstan, starting a day before your period is due.

Best wishes
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.