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Painful and heavy menstrual bleeding

What can I do myself?

  1. You can use Ibux, Naproxen or other NSAIDs, which are pain-relieving medications that both reduce menstrual pain and bleeding. You should not combine different NSAIDs medicines. It is safe to combine this with paracetamol, and some will have a positivt effect from this.

  2. If you bleed a lot, it may help to use absorbent underwear, possibly along with pads, tampons or menstrual cups.

  3. Remember to check your blood percentage at regular intervals and use iron supplements if you need it.

  4. Other advice that has less medical documentation, but may help some:

    1. Yarrow tea, chamomile and fennel.

    2. Hot water bottle and resting

    3. Women who exercise usually have less menstrual pain




What treatment may be relevant from the doctor or gynaecologist?

  1. Cyklokapron (Tranexamic acid) is a medicine that reduces your menstrual bleeding, which you only use when you need it.

  2. Contraceptives. Hormonal IUDs are the most effective and are inserted into your uterine cavity. Birth control pills also often reduce the pain. It may often be a good idea to skip the hormone-free interval to avoid menstruation.

  3. Surgical treatment. If other treatment has not had an effect, or if you cannot tolerate it, surgery may be right for you. You will discuss with your gynecologist what is best for you.

This is general advice and intended as a support for you. You are responsible for seeing a doctor if necessary.

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