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A 19-year-old female asked:

ive been having severe period pains! ive tried paracetamol, ibuprofen, mefenamic acid and codeine and none of them are working what can i do?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Gettorootofproblem: So you've been unable to manage the pain of your periods. Since you're 19yo, perhaps you're not interested in getting pregnant just yet. If so, hormonal birth control pills can be used to prevent pregnancy as well as manage your periods. In fact, your family doc can prescribe your birth control pills in such a way that you don't have any periods in which case you won't have to deal w/pain. Voila!
Dr. Stanley Swaby
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Try contraception: If you are not considering pregnancy try a long acting contraception - Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD or the Nexplanon Implant. Both may decrease the menstrual flow or even induce amenorrhea (no period). Depo provera injections every 3 months may also work. You can also try the 91 day pill which will give you about 4 periods (withdrawal bleed) per year hence you may have the pain 4 times instead of 12 or more yearly.

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Last updated Dec 3, 2016

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