My periods are really painful to the point that getting out of bed is a challenge. I also experience a lot of dizziness and nausea. I recently started on the birth control pill, but it’s not helping. Is there anything else I can do?

We are sorry to hear you that you aren’t feeling well. The best thing to do in this situation is contact your health care provider (HCP) and schedule an appointment to see them. Explain to them the challenges you have been facing and that your symptoms haven’t improved with the birth control pill. Don’t give up on your pill until after you see your HCP.  Some of your symptoms (if they are new) might be related to the pill you’re taking, which can help your HCP decide what to try next. Everyone reacts to hormones differently, so it might take a couple months to get used to your pill or your HCP may recommend a different one. If you find that pills don’t work for you, you can talk to your HCP about other forms of birth control such as patches, implants, injections, IUDs, etc. Other ways to help your cramps that you may already be using including over the counter pain medication (such as ibuprofen) and heating pad. Just remember, you might have to try a few different treatments before you find the ones that’s best for you!