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crazyhorseperson
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I was on Trinessa for three years and then switched to the shot. I only had one shot, because I had breakthrough bleeding the entire time and wanted to switch back to the pill so the bleeding would stop.

I noticed when I was on Trinessa before the shot I would have near-constant pelvic pain, very similar to menstrual cramps, but without bleeding. This happened only during the hormone weeks; the placebo week was cramp-free until my period started. When I went onto the shot, the constant pelvic pain stopped. I went back to Trinessa because I know it works well for me and has only minor side effects, and within two days of returning to the pill, the cramping pains started again (after I stopped bleeding that was from the leftover shot hormones).

I have been diagnosed with IBS, and while the pain is similar to that caused by IBS and is worsened when I'm having digestive issues, it's separate. I know this because after any sexual encounter (not during - during sex, the pain disappears), the cramps are dreadful. In particular after solo activities, the pain is so bad I can hardly stand up, and sometimes my stomach also bloats noticeably in the pelvic area (this goes away after a few hours).

I'm going to have a gyn appointment in a few weeks. Should I bring up the pain with the doctor? How should I talk about it? I've heard that if you mention cramps, they assume you mean your period is painful, and I don't want that misunderstanding.

Also, FYI: I've been with the same partner monogamously for three years, both of us are STI-free as of previous tests (we were each other's firsts). I don't know if you need that information but I figured it would be helpful because of some of the possible causes of pelvic pain. (Personally, I'm thinking endo, but I'm no expert!)

Thanks! (sorry for long post by the way, I wanted to make sure everything was in here)

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Robin Lee
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Hi Crazyhorseperson and welcome to Scarleteen,

This is absolutely something you should bring up at your appointment. Your gyn is actually a much better person to talk to about pain than we (or anyone else on the net) would be, since they can examine you, looking through your health history, and know what questions to ask you.

I'd say to just lay it out for the doctor exactly how you've laid it out here. What you've said is very clear. [Smile]

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crazyhorseperson
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Okay, thanks! I might just edit some of the post out and then print the main points to give to the doctor. That way I won't forget anything and she'll have a clear list of symptoms.
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You're welcome!

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