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- Fri Oct 23, 2009 10:36 am
This month, my period was supposed to start on October 12, however it only started yesterday (October 22). During the days before there was any blood, I felt a constant throbbing pain on both sides of the lower abdomen, where the ovaries should be (as if they were swollen). Moreover, I experienced digestive problems. Now that my period has started, the pain has eased a little. Should I be worried and consult a doctor?
Just a little more backround information: I am 25 year old healthy female in a steady long-term but long-distance relationship, so I can rule out pregnancy not only because I have my period right now but because I did not have intercourse in the past four weeks. I am reluctant to see a gynecologist because I currently live abroad and I suffer from vaginismus which make the regular check-ups with the gyn my very own personal nightmare.
I would really appreciate your help. Thank you very much!
| Debbie Miller, RN
- Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:43 pm
Periods and digestive problems often go hand in hand. But, having a late or even missed period at times is considered perfectly normal. I would not rush to the doctor unless the discomfort continues, gets worse or other symptoms develop.
You could also have more than one thing going on, such as irritable bowel syndrome or other GI related condition so you might consider a family practice or internal medicine doctor; not just OB-related care. Some of these symptoms might be evaluated without a pelvic exam.