I have been getting really bad headaches that last from an hour to days at a time. They're bad enough that co-workers recognize I'm in pain and offer places to go lay down until my next class.
I mentioned them to my gyno, but she said they sound like tension headaches and suggested I take some pain relievers and use a heating pad. I started doing that, but they don't go away. I've taken 800mg of ibuprofen with a heating pad to no avail. I think I've even gone to 1600mg. I still feel the pain, but it's dull and I'm happy.
I've begun to keep records of what time it starts, what I decide to do about it, when the pain went away. Everyone is telling me to go see a doctor, but I have no insurance. I'm going to call the university clinic. They were the ones to give me the Nuvaring and ask about headaches. I am sure that the headaches have started this past fall, when I went back on the ring (I was off for a month).
I am hoping that the Nuva ring isn't causing the headaches, but then it's something worse right? If it is the Nuvaring, is there another form of BC that will stop my 7-10 day painful, heavy periods? I'm in a long term committed relationship and do need a second form of BC (we currently use condoms w/ my ring).
I feel like I've traded one pain for another, and this one isn't as predictable.
Is it possible that you could be having migraines instead of tension headaches? The symptoms are very similar, and have caused confusion for many people trying to tell the difference.
The problem with having migraines while on the ring, is that the ring is a combined method: It contains estrogen. Estrogen actually can cause migraines. It would be better to try a progestin only method, if you wanted to go with a hormonal method as your second form (which sounds as though that would be your best bet, considering the severity of your periods).
Birth Control Bingo! will give you an awesome way to search out another method of birthcontrol. Not only will it give you any option you might want, but it goes in depth about each of the methods at the end. How about going through it, and then perhaps talking to your university clinic to see if they offer any of the progestin only types?
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