For those with uterine fibroids, pain and pain management during periods is a constant throughout their day-to-day life. Those with uterine fibroids commonly suffer from extremely painful periods that interrupt daily life.
Yet, you should not have to give up parts of your fulfilling life because of pain.
Below are some tips to consider when trying to alleviate pain from painful periods.
Remember that while some remedies may work, others may not – and that’s okay! All bodies are different; so a remedy that works for you, may not work for others.
Traditional Medical Interventions:
The most common place to start is with pain relievers. Doctors typically suggest ibuprofen or naproxen (commonly known as Advil and Aleve). These anti-inflammatory drugs help alleviate pain and can decrease bleeding.
An alternative is to consider some type of hormonal birth control. Doctors can also prescribe stronger dosages if OTC medications are not effective for you. As always, consult with your doctor about what medications you are currently taking and what side effects to expect.
The pill, patch, ring, or an IUD are birth control options that produce hormones in the body to lighten periods, alleviate painful side effects, and regulate your period. This is an accessible option for those looking to better regulate their cycle and reduce pain.
Talk with your PCP, OB/GYN, or visit a local reproductive health center to explore what options are right for you.