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A 37-year-old female asked:

I am getting leg swelling during ovulation and menstruation. bp and bw fine, my dr prescribed lasix (furosemide). is this something i just have to live with?

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Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 38 years experience
May and may not: It would be helpful to know your height and weight. While there is a certain degree of fluid retention associated with the period around menstruation this can be more noticeable with higher BMI's. If you are overweight make your goal to lower your % body fat to low normal. The swelling may resolve.
Dr. Jodi Ritsch
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Lasix (furosemide) or diet change: If you eat or drink a lot of sodium/salt daily, you can retain more fluids. Try cutting down on salt intake and checking labels for sodium. Drinking more water and walking can be helpful as well. Seeking medical attention if no improvement is wise. Lasix (furosemide) can be a short term fix but not usually necessary unless you have other medical issues.
Last updated Jul 16, 2014

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