What Is Ibuprofen?
Ibuprofen is a very effective analgesic or painkiller. For many women, it is especially effective for period cramps. During a period and especially accompanied with clotting and heavy cramping the chemicals prostaglandins (PGs) get released. Such chemicals act as messengers, by activating an inflammatory response, which causes pain, cramping and or fever.
What Are NSAIDS?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are mostly and commonly prescribed for conditions such as pain, fever, aches, joint pains and other arthritic conditions. Examples of this family of medication are Aleve, Aspirin, Ibuprofen(Motrin), Naproxen and Voltaren. As a member of the NSAIDS' family, Ibuprofen helps with the pain and cramping by controlling and reducing the prostaglandins (PG) that are released during your period. This is where many perceive this as a 'stopped' period. NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen also help to prevent the blood from clotting.
'Thinning' of the blood creates a temporary relaxing and constriction of the muscles and blood vessels. The flow is then usually reduced, easier and less painful, due to the reduction in the production of the prostaglandins, which are sometimes not released for a while. When this happens, periods can be sparse, and there could be a brief period of 'no period'. That said,
To clarify however: Ibuprofen cannot, and will not change your actual menstrual cycle.As such, it does not postpone your period. Simply put, Ibuprofen has NO such effect.
Side Effects of NSAIDs (e.g., Ibuprofen)
While they are effective, NSAIDs are not immune from side effects. There are good and bad effects: For example, another common NSAID is Aspirin which can be 'heart healthy' for most (who are not allergic to Aspirin) as they help to protect against heart disease.
In some cases however, they can cause ulcers, nausea vomiting, upset stomach, and bruising of the skin. They can also jeopardize your kidney. The main reason you should never experiment with Ibuprofen or other medications to stop your period. Always communicate with your doctor.
So What Can You Asks?
Here goes. Generally, if you are not taking any other oral contraceptives, you can take Norethisterone -NOT Ibuprofen, if you would like to postpone your period. This medication is available only with a prescription and after speaking with your doctor. Usually it is taken several days prior to your period. Your period should resume in approximately one week after you have stopped taking the medication.
Keep in mind, that if your period has already started however, the medication is not generally recommended, and if in fact it is still prescribed, it may not be as effective in postponing your period-so take necessary precautions and keep this in mind. As well, as with most medications: Some common side effects, of Noresthisterone , especially if it is taken for a longer period, including but are not limited to:spotting, abdominal pains and cramps, breast tenderness, nausea, and vomiting.
Again, Ibuprofen does not have the ability to stop your period. It is never wise to experiment with high dosages of Ibuprofen or anything for this reason. Do not jeopardize your liver, and your overall health. This is DANGEROUS. Speak with your doctor. As always-take care, be well and play it safe.
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