This condition is called dysmenorrhea. It can be of two types; primary and secondary. The primary dysmenorrhea is seen within 2 years of onset of menstruation and stays for 1 to 2 days of each cycle. The secondary dysmenorrhea is due to pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, endometriosis (abnormality of lining of uterus), pelvic tumors, and intra uterine device (like copper-T) etc. You should consult gynecologist for internal examination and other test needed to detect it's cause.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
Hi thanks for your reply.
I've had dysmennorrhea ever since I was 15. I was under the impression that it stops when women are in their mid-20s. I'm in my late 20s now so cannot understand why I still have this pain.
Just to clarify, this should have been in my first post but my periods are dark, heavy and thick. They consist of brown blood all the way through the 5 days and I've bled through sanitary pads too.
Two ultrasounds were done to rule out ovarian cysts/endometriosis - in 2005 and 2011. Both were negative.
Blood tests were done at the same time to detect ESR (endometriosis) and CA125 (ovarian cancer). Both were normal.
My mother was diagnosed with PCOS.
I have never been pregnant or on any birth control devices.
I am not sexually active and I haven't seen a gynecologist as I am not sexually active and do not take intra-uterine devices or contraceptives. So do I still need an internal exam even if I am not sexually active? I keep getting invitations to have pap smears and internal exams but when I tell them I haven't had sex they then say I don't have to have an internal.
Doctors will not conduct further tests on me as they have told me the heavy periods will stop and the cramps will go away.
I was diagnosed with iron deficiency in August 2013 but the iron supplements I take have not improved my iron levels that well and I am worried that since my periods are as dark and thick as they are at present, this is going to make my iron levels drop all the more.
Ferritin results have been:
August 2013 - 15 (30-400) Before taking iron supplements.
November 2013 - 22 (30-400) During taking iron supplements.
Any advice would be appreciated. :)