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Before I started taking the pill, I used to get really terrible cramps on the first day of my period. I think it started in high school, but by the time I got to freshman year of college, they were so bad that I'd have to skip class to lie in bed, because I was in so much pain that I constantly felt like I was going to burst into tears and then throw up. Drugs stopped helping my cramps when I was about 15, so I just stopped taking them.

I've been on the pill since February. My first three periods were great. I had cramps but they weren't constant or bad, and actually went away when I took motrin. The fourth was not so great- I had cramps for two days and they were slightly worse- but nowhere near as bad as before I started the pill. My last period, though... still not as bad as before, but it got to the point where I had to go home sick from work (something I have never done before in my life) because I couldn't stand up any longer.

My question: I'm working 13-hour days and taking a summer class and have no social life right now, so could stress have anything to do with this? Or is this brand of pills just not working for me? TBH I told my doctor I wanted the pills for sex (also true) because it seemed like it would be easier to get them (what if I needed a pelvic exam, I'd have to wait 3 months for school to be over, since my insurance only covers out-of-state emergencies). So I don't know if this is my own fault or what.
Help? thanks.

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The pill may not resolve every menstrual complaint. When it does or does not really depends on what issue you are having and why.

Given the history of your menstrual pain, I'd strongly suggest seeing an OB/GYN to have a good look at you and also get a good health history from you to evaluate this situation.

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