NSAIDS are best avoided due to gut damage.
I have autoimmune, so that's a double no-no for me. Yet, I've always had extremely heavy periods. About 5 years ago, my OBGYN told me to start taking 3 Advils every 4 hours, 2 days before my period through the first couple of days (about 4 days of dosing).
It's magic. I wear a pad for over-flow but it means changing a tampon once an hour rather than being house-bound. I took big pharma hormones for 20 years (still bleed on non-period days, 9 day periods with maybe 2 weeks off, if I were lucky). NSAIDS help better. I do Autoimmune Protocol (came to Paleo after months of following my doctor's autoimmune protocol, which is stricter). The condition did not improve on AI or on my doc's stricter protocol.
This is a common issue in my family. Several had hysterectomies in their 20s (including my maternal grandmother) to stop it. An aunt bled to death with this (she lived remotely and didn't have access to emergency help).
Are their any great alternatives for people genetically wired this way?
I'm not keen on surgical procedures. I'd prefer to find supplement or food-based prostaglandin blockers to help THIS situation. If ibuprofen can help, surely there's something I'm missing!
To NSAID or not to NSAID? ...Other options?
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on May 24, 2013
at 08:14 PM
I had to have a D&C (under full anesthesia) after a particularly bad miscarriage, and the year or 2 after that was AMAZING. Normal period for the first time ever. 2 years later I got pregnant, and it was back to the monstrous bleeding after that.
I've had 5 pregnancies, and my cycle has been just as awful after the 4 healthy deliveries. Only the miscarriage with D&C changed it.
Paleo has 100% helped my cramps/pms, but the heavy bleeding remains. However, mine has gone down to only 2 days of heaviness (instead of 4), with 4 days of more "normal."
If I get to the point where I can't take it anymore, I've decided I'll go in and see if I can talk them into another D&C. Ironically, however, I also have excessively high iron, so it turns out that heavy bleeding once a month is good for me.
on June 26, 2013
at 08:43 PM
I just went ketogenic 3 weeks ago and noticed that my period was much lighter, and slightly less crampy this month.
I keep my carbs under 40 gms and my protein at 1 gm per kilogram of body weight. No calorie counting.
on May 24, 2013
at 08:33 PM
Oh, menstrual woes. I get it too, the whole lot - fever, sweating, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, fainting. Oh, plus the agonizing contractions, of course I think I've been to the ER at least 4 times in the past 8 years, when it came on suddenly and in public.
Paleo very much reduced it for me as is it reduces overall inflammation. I went from 3 hours of hell and wiped out for the day, every single month, to bad pains roughly every 6 months and medium cramps on the other times
Personally, I take 2 diclofenac a day for 3 days before my period. It's so much better for dsymenorrhea than ibuprofen etc. I'd rather damage my gut a little than deal with the agony and potential trip to the ER.
I have been given injectable anti-inflammatories before but I don't know if they were steroidal or non-steroidal. Oxygen helps too (as the pain is caused by the inflamed contracting uterine muscles not getting enough oxygen. I can't do any kind of aerobic workout before my period, either)
Maybe you can persuade a doctor to give you the drugs with needles attached, and inject yourself?
I don't have heamorrhaging issues but have a friend who does, and she got the Mirena IUS - eliminated the issue
on May 24, 2013
at 05:56 PM
I had tremendous luck with green tea and oolong tea, about 1 tbsp. daily. Some days I steep the same tea up to three times a day. I drink it daily, all month long, and when my period now comes, it's little to moderate pain, certainly not the debilitating pain it once was.