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Is there a way to get lighter periods without birth control?

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Dr. David Kurss
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
NSAIDs : Generally the pill is the most reliable method to lighten the menses. Nsaids, like ibuprofen, motrin, advil, may be helpful, as well, but it is unlikely to be as effective.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Do periods get lighter when on birth control?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
They can: Many women find that on oral contraceptives that their periods are lighter and shorter. Cramps are also diminished for many.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it true that birth control can make you have lighter periods?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 26 years experience
It can.: In fact, birth control pills are a top choice for treatment of severe menses (menorrhagia). They have additional non-contraceptive benefits on acne and prevention of ovarian cancer.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can there be any way to get help paying for birth control?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Options vary : Many states have health department clinics where you can get free or low cost birth control, or planned parenthood has many clinics across the country (see planned parenthood.Org to find a clinic). Many medical centers also have birth control clinics. Birth control is always less expensive than an unplanned pregnancy.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Do periods get heavier when you start birth control?

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Dr. Daniel Rychlik
Fertility Medicine 26 years experience
Menses: Menses usually gets lighter with the pill. The pill works by decreasing the stimulation on the lining of the uterus.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Why would someone take birth control to get periods?

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Dr. Garrett Garner
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
Good ?: Women who take the pill to get cycles do so to help clean out the uterus. A chronic absence of a cycle can cause a build up of tissue and even help a person develop precancerous cells in the uterus.

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