I know this is something I should see my doctor about (and have), but nothing has been resolved and I'd prefer to take a more natural route, if possible.
I'm 27 years old, and have experienced really intense cramps since I started having my period at 14. Often (usually on the first or second day) my cramps are so bad that they make me physically sick. Just recently, they seem to have gotten worse. Every couple of months they'll be so bad that not only do they make me throw up, but I'll literally be in the bathroom with my head in the toilet for 4-8 hours.
My doctor and I discussed the pill at one point. I tried Ocella and Yaz for about a year collectively, but did not like how they made me feel (depressed, apathetic, lazy, indifferent, etc.). Plus, they didn't really make my periods THAT much more tolerable, so I stopped taking them.
Here's some background information about me:
My doctor informed me that I am borderline anemic, and I take iron pills to supplement this. My diet isn't horrible, but it isn't great. I eat veggies quite a bit, not so many fruits, and red meat maybe once every couple of months. I do intake a good amount of caffeine in the form of coffee and soda (which I've heard intensifies the severity cramps, although I've never noticed a difference when I cut caffeine out of my diet). I usually eat 2-3 large meals a day instead of multiple smaller meals. Also, I have a job that requires me to be on my feet for 10 hours a day 4 days a week, but have not been exercising much lately besides that.
I'm just wondering if there is a more natural route available, as I would prefer not to resort to taking pills (I don't even like taking Tylenol). Has anyone experienced this, or have any suggestions as to what I could do to lessen the severity of my cramps? I greatly appreciate the feedback!