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Bad cramping after going off the pill?

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Question - (25 January 2008) 4 Answers - (Newest, 11 March 2008)
A female Iceland age 26-29, anonymous writes:

I was on the pill for a little over a year for many reasons... My boyfriend (now fiancee) were sexually active, and I wanted to make sure my cycle was regular.

Since my fiancee works overseas now, and I won't be seeing him for a while, I thought I'd go off the pill to let my system detox. I wanted to see if my cycle was regular, and I know that there are some bad possible side effects for the pill that I'm taking (luckily I haven't experienced them yet).

Point is, I went off a little over a month ago, and, while I have never had real cramping during my period, I had terrible cramping this time around! I woke up at 4AM, nearly in tears. I couldn't move, turn, curl up, straighten out-- nothing eased the pain. I couldn't even sit up enough to try to find a painkiller in my bedside drawer.

Is it normal to have this after going off the pill, or should I be worried? Will this be permanent, or is it just a transitory thing while my system "detoxes"?

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A reader, anonymous, writes (11 March 2008):

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Thank you! What a fantastic response. I'll be sure to do all that when the time comes again... the problem is, that since this last complaint, I haven't had it once!!!! I suppose that is normal too.

Thank you again for your great advice. I'll be investing in a heating pad soon.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (11 March 2008):

I am 48 years old, and just went off the low dose pill after 19 years. for the past two weeks, I've noticed cramping and extreme nipple tenderness; all reversal signs of going off the pill. I am perimenopausal; so as to find out if I'm menopausal, this is the route to go--off the pill to see if the pill was masking symptoms of going through menopause. Now, the cramps are expected and the changes you will endure are normal. If you had bad cramps when you initially started your periods, you will experience them all over again. Remember to have heating pads (the stick on ones you buy over the counter)when that time comes. They work wonders to relieve the symptoms. Take an advil or extra strength tylenol every 4-6 hours and drink LOTS of water and cut way down on the sugar and salt intake during that week. Be sure to eat small meals and you will do just fine. Eventually, the cycle will regulate and you will feel less and less of the cramping you've been experiencing. Good Luck!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (26 January 2008):

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Well the funny thing is, after that night/day, Im fine. Today, I have some residual tenderness, but it feels like that might just be my muscles recovering from the cramps.

Maybe they just realized that in 6 years I've not been the severe cramping type, and are apologizing. :P

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A female reader, Dawnie United Kingdom +, writes (26 January 2008):

Dawnie agony auntWell now you are off the pill you will have proper periods

and that would explain the cramping. I don't take the pill but i used to, i now experience cramps and mid cycle for me can feel worse that the actual period itself. i.e. breast tenderness, stomach pains. What you have described though sounds very severe, although i have felt some discomfort it has never prevented me going about my daily life. I would see your GP and see what he/she says, i know of a couple of people that take the pill because of their painful periods and this resolves it. Good luck.

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