A 17-year-old female asked:
what can i take for menstrual cramps and heavy periods?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 66 years experience
Motrin: motrin or advil (ibuprofen) 800mg every 8 hours as needed
3.8k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dysmenorrhea: NSAID’s, SSRI’s, hormone meds, OTC meds containing diuretics, warm bath, heating pad, exercise & acupuncture are excellent for PMS / period. Avoid caffeine, chocolate, alcohol & salt. Get GYN eval to R/O underlying pathology. Consider omega- 3 fatty acids, magnesium (supplementation or through diet) or Black Cohosh with dr ok. Sipping Chamomile can dissipate pain. Ginger helps w nausea.
3.7k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Ibuprofen for now...: If your periods are too painful/heavy, see a GYN and get an US to detect problems like cervical lesions, infections, polyps, or fibroids. If you don't have any of these, you may benefit from hormonal control using contraceptives like the pill/patch/ring. The best option is a hormonal IUD (Mirena), that thins the lining and decreases your flow significantly. Some women even stop having periods!
2.8k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated May 25, 2015
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