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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why is my period causing me such pain?

    What can cause severe period pain when Endometriosis has been ruled out & things like OCP (The Pill) & Mirena haven't helped?

    I'm 29 years old, female, my periods started at age 12, always been painful, mostly regular cycles (average 32-35 days), but the pain has worsened over the past few years (as I've gotten into my late 20's).

    Pain is definitely cyclic in nature, starts a few days to a week before my period, and continues throughout the period (which generally goes for 7 days). Heavy bleeding with multiple clots, often quite large.

    Laparoscopy done last year, nothing found. Latest ultrasound only shows polycystic ovaries.

    Have tried OCP, Depo-Provera shots and Mirena, none have stopped bleeding or pain.

    The pain and bleeding is so severe that I am unable to do anything or go anywhere (I barely make it to the bathroom!) when my period starts, if I do go out for anything I find myself collapsing to the ground in agony and weakness.
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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Because you have multiple cysts on your ovaries on ultrasound does not mean that you have PCOS Please click on the link
    It is very unlikely that this is the cause of your extreme period pain. Endometriosis is usually the culprit in this instance. Since a laparoscopy has ruled this out perhaps you need to be thinking about other specialist services. You may need to consider a pain management specialist. Some alternative therapies can offer help especially acupuncture.
    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide
    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).
    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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