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Why do I feel like throwing up when I'm on my period?

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Why do I feel like throwing up when I'm on my period? Besides the horrible cramps, for 3 days I feel like I need to vomit constantly. It has gotten worse with age. I used to only be down for about 24hrs. but now I am out of commission for 3 days. People are always telling me I should just get a hysterectomy and be done with it, what do you think?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Pfeiffer replied 6 years ago.

you likely suffer a visceral reflex that makes you nauseated, which would indicate severe pain..or, you have dramatic hormonal shifts that result in nausea. Either way, hysterectomy may be an option for you, but I tend to have patients with atypical presentations run a trial course of Depo Lupron. This medication puts you in chemical menopause and gives you a glimpse of what life would be after a complete hysterectomy. So, I think a trial of Lupron and if it helps consider a hysterectomy for definitive treatment.


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Would I need a complete hysterectomy to get rid of both the pain and the ill feeling? I was only considering a partial hysterectomy, thinking I could still keep my ovaries and go through normal menopause.
Expert:  Dr. Pfeiffer replied 6 years ago.

It depends on the etiology. If there is endometriosis involved, the ovaries would need to come out. You certainly could have a hysterectomy with the understanding that all pain may not go away and you may need additional surgery on the ovaries.

Try the Lupron first - you can do it for 6 months and sometimes there is relief for an additional 6 months.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Thanks, ***** ***** more question. Do you have any suggestions on other ways to get rid of the nausea/sick feeling I get during the 1st few days of my cycle?
Expert:  Dr. Pfeiffer replied 6 years ago.

Ok. Try motrin 800mg every 8 hours a few days before your expected period. Consider a continuous birth control regimen (if not contraindicated for you) and minimize the number of periods you have in a given year. That would be another alternative to surgery.

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