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I am on a progestin-only pill for birth control, though I have not been sexually active for over a year. I recently changed to a different brand because my insurance doesn't cover my other brand anymore. Anyways, my old pill made me get periods that were very light and I had minimal cramping. They also would only last about 3 days, and then stop. However, since I started my new pill, I get severe cramps and a period that lasts about 10 days. When my cramps start, they come on suddenly, and I feel almost like I have a knife in my stomach; I can't move, breathe, sit, stand, or lie down. I've actually thought that I had appendicitis a few times. They subside after a few hours, but then a few days later I get new cramps that are a dull achy feeling, but the ache is in my back, my lower quadrants of my abdomen, and radiates down to my knees. The weird part is that I don't get my period sometimes, and other times, it comes about a week after the second cramping.
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The symptoms that you describe could be suggestive of possibility of endometriosis, adenomyosis that could have remained controlled due to the progesterone containing pills. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation to look for the underlying cause for the symptoms that you describe. Treatment as appropriate would be started to help control the symptoms (based on examination and investigations results). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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