Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
You may be able to prevent abnormal vaginal bleeding.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Women who are overweight or underweight have more problems with abnormal vaginal bleeding. For more information, see the topic Reference Weight Management.
- If you are using birth control pills, be sure to take them as directed and at the same time every day. For more information, see the topic Reference Birth Control.
- If you are taking Reference hormone therapy Opens New Window, take your pills as directed and at the same time every month.
- Learn to practice relaxation exercises to reduce and cope with stress. Stress may cause abnormal vaginal bleeding. For more information, see the topic Reference Stress Management.
- Take a
Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as
naproxen or ibuprofen. NSAIDs reduce menstrual bleeding by decreasing the
production of substances called prostaglandins. The usual recommended dose of
ibuprofen is 400 mg every 6 hours. Begin taking the medicine on the first day
of your period and continue taking it until your menstrual bleeding stops. Be
sure to follow these nonprescription medicine precautions.
- Carefully read and follow all label directions on the medicine bottle and box.
- Use, but do not exceed, the maximum recommended doses.
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an Reference allergic reaction Opens New Window to it in the past.
- If you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before taking it.
- If you are or could be pregnant, call your doctor before using any medicine.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine