Someone asked us:
Q. How easy it is to spot ovarian cysts? I’ve had insanely painful periods for a while now, and I went to a gynecologist last year and she said everything was fine and prescribed me on birth control, but they didn’t help. So is it possible that I have cysts, but the gynecologist somehow missed them? Or could it be that my painful periods are not caused by cysts at all?
There are many different reasons why some women get painful cramps during their periods. If your doctor says that you don’t have ovarian cysts, you probably don’t. But you don’t need to suffer with cramps — nurses and doctors can help. Let your gynecologist know that you’re still suffering during your periods, and ask for treatment options.
In the meantime, try using a heating pad on your back or abdomen when you have cramps. And check your drugstore for pain relievers specifically for menstrual cramps—your pharmacist may be able to point you in the right direction.
-Amy at PPFA