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The first day or two of my period, I often have severe stomach aches; I got mine today and I just felt ready to curl up and die. I feel nauseas, and my abdomen aches to the point of almost doubling over in starts in the morning and I just have to sleep it off at the end of the day [Frown] I was wondering if bcp could somehow help? My period is very regular and not too heavy, my cramps aren't unbearable, and I'm not worried about preventing pregnancy. My mom says that hormonal changes during menstruation can cause upset stomach, would going on the pill help?

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It often depends on what the why is of your cramps. There isn't a massive hormonal change, actually, the first two days of your period (and in some ways, those changes are more profound the first two days of a placebo period with the pill). Rather, there is a gradual and constant drop from ovulation until your period begins.

So, by all means, talk to your gynecologist or other healthcare provider about this, and see what they say. But if you don't really want to go on the pill and don't need it, there are certainly other things you could try first which are less expensive and less intensive.

(Like, how are you eating right before your period? A lot of women have intense cravings for carbs and sweets and stuff that isn't so great for us a day or two before menstruation, and indulging in all of those is often part of why so many women feel like crud once their periods start.)

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