Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory, over the counter pain medication. It stops pain in your body by inhibiting enzymes that tell your brain about the pain you are feeling. Because your brain does not receive the information those enzymes would be sending it, it cannot tell the source of your pain to swell to try and fix the pain problem; thus ibuprofen is also anti-inflammatory. These two factors can make taking ibuprofen in small doses very helpful when you are on your period, because you will bloat less and it will help you relieve the pain of your cramps thanks to the active ingredients in the drug. Because it is not a prescribed medication, you can easily get your hands on it.
Why Ibuprofen May or May Not Stop Your Period
There is a hormone in your body called prostaglandin. In essence, this is the hormone that helps your smooth muscles (such as muscles in your stomach or uterus) know when to contract and when to relax. Ibuprofen can inhibit prostaglandin from doing its job, and the result will sometimes mean that if you take ibuprofen while on your period, the flow may be stopped completely. This can sometimes be true of tylenol as well.
The Dangers of Overdosing on Ibuprofen to Stop Your Period
Ibuprofen can stop your flow, but it might not, depending on individual characteristics of your body and how heavy your period is. A typical dosage might be 3 Ibuprofen tablets every 4-6 hours; however, every person is different and you should consult your doctor for a safe dosage. If you try to stop your period by taking large doses of ibuprofen, you need to know the risks that you are going to put your body to. Again, only take high doses of ibuprofen at the instruction of your doctor, and be careful!
Ibuprofen is not a prescription for stopping women’s periods – depending on the woman and the period, it may not have any effect on the shedding of the uterus. Always talk to a doctor if you want to stop your period; they get paid to help you fulfill your health goals, and they can give you access to safer methods.