(Closed) How do you lighten your period? Help!

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
426 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is posted in the wrong area, but oh my I would also like to know, because it’s getting so annoying! I’m about to shove a sock up there.


Post # 4
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ibuproften.  Take one Extra Strength every 6 hours (max 3 a day).  It makes mine disappear completely when it “interferes”!

P.S.:  I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice, yadda yadda. 

Post # 7
1160 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have the same issue. Avoid aspirin…


Sometimes my periods are so heavy I wish I could spend the day hip-deep in a fast moving stream…just to feel clean. Uggh.

Post # 9
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My OB/GYN just gave me a prescription of Lysteda to take during my period.  It’s supposed to help with heavy periods and cramps…will let y’all know in about 3 weeks how it works!
ETA: Lysteda is non-hormonal, and only taken during your period.  NOT a BC pill.

Post # 11
1572 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Did you mean to post this on the Music board?

I used to have really awful periods – very heavy and long (I have some health issues, one of which is endometriosis which can sometimes cause bad periods. the shortest period I can remember was about two weeks). I take hormonal medicine and have an IUD so that I don’t have a period – it’s just easier! When my period was awful, taking a shower or bath would temporarily stop or slow down my period, but not long lasting – only an hour or two. I know that taking two Ibprofun every 6 or 8 hours can help lighten some women’s periods. It never ever worked for me, and I also can’t take Ibprofun much b/c I take Celebrex and my dr said they don’t mix well – it’s Tylenol only. I haven’t read anything about Tylenol lightening periods, but it helps a little with cramps for me, but Ibprofun was way better! 

Other than that, I don’t know much else. There are different herbs and vitamins you could try, but none of those go through FDA approval, and I would suggest running it past your doctor just in case. No need to make an appt just a message will do. I know that Evening Primrose Oil did help with my cramps and is popular amongst the women I know with endo. not sure if it helps with flow. There are prescriptions to help, and Mirena (IUD w/ some hormones – tends to be better tolerated in clinical trials than birth control pills and is the number one method of birth control/contraception outside of america) can help w/ flow. FOr a lot of women it lightens their flow and can regulate cycles. For other women, their period disappars entirely. The other IUD in America (there is another outside of US that is awesome in trials) is the Copper T and seems to make periods slightly heavier and isn’t recommended if you have crappy periods, but it has no hormones. There are other medicationsn to help lighten cycles. You can talk to your gyno and really explain that you prefer no prescriptions if possible.

Post # 13
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Soladylike: Do you work out? I used to have obscenely heavy periods (so many accidents!) and Ibuprofen didn’t work for me. When I started working out regularly my period lightened so much.

I’ve also heard that a cayenne pill can help, but I never tried that one.

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