Question for Betty.

I get my period once every three months because of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and my cramps are SO bad!  I feel like it hurts so bad that it makes me want to skip class and just go home and sleep, and that's with midol and a heating pad.  What can I do to not feel so drained for 7 days and not skip class?  I eat healthy and get enough rest.  Any recommendations?

Betty's Answer.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is always a major hot topic; please see additional questions listed under Womens Health on this topic.

You may want to see your health care provider, or make an appointment at the SHCC to develop a treatment plan for your PCOS and dysmenorrhea (painful periods).  This may involve starting on oral contraceptives to prevent the endometrial hyperplasia (a build-up in the lining of the uterus) and to promote more regular lighter periods.  This might be all you need to make life much more pleasant and productive.  Make an appointment today!