If you are one of those women whose monthly menstrual period is just shy of hemorrhaging, here is a tip that will lessen your blood flow.
See your gynecologist. Some recommend that women try ibuprofen therapy to lessen the bleeding during their menstrual periods. Ibuprofen has the opposite effect of aspirin, which thins blood and encourages bleeding.
Start taking ibuprofen a day before your period is about to begin. If the period catches you unawares, that’s okay. Begin taking the ibuprofen at that point.
Ask your doctor how many milligrams you should take per day. Some people can’t take ibuprofen because of its side effects and/or because it’s contraindicated due to some other medication that they’re already taking.
Take as little as 200 mg (one pill) or as much as 800 mg a day, and sometimes more if the flooding is extreme, depending on what your physician recommends. However, it is imperative that you discuss this form of therapy with your doctor and let her decide whether this course of action is right for you before venturing any further.
Ask your doctor if a prescription medication is right for you if ibuprofen doesn't do the trick. Some doctors prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication called meclofenamate for women with severely heavy periods. As with ibuprofen, this works best when you begin taking it a day before your menstrual cycle starts.
Tips & Warnings
- Ibuprofen sometimes causes constipation and stomach distress. There is no guarantee that this won’t occur; however, your vaginal bleeding will slow down and, in most cases, become manageable.
- You must consult with your physician before you try this.
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