For the ladies...period question....graphic..sorry!

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 9/23/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I am going to apologize in advance for being graphic! turn
I was just diagnosed in Aug with UC
I typically have VERY heavy periods - especially alot of clotting
I will pass clots that are large - quarter size for a few days
(I know...I''m sooooo sorry!)
Here is my dilemma:
I usually take Motrin IB during my period since it helps with the clotting and menstral cramps
Eveyone on this site talks about not taking ibuprofen with UC
I am not having any bloody diarrhea now
Do you think it is okay for me to take ibuprofen for a few days during my period??????

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 742
   Posted 9/23/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never experimented with taken anti-inflammatories since being diagnosed, and I used to depend heavily on Alleve for period cramps. Right now I'm not using anything for the pain, but I would suggest asking your gyno to prescribe a stronger painkiller that isn't an anti-inflammatory. I was just using hydrocodone for a torn calf muscle and for gallbladder surgery recovery, and it works pretty well. Its strong stuff, but if you just need for a couple days every month, it might not be a big deal.
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis
Current Treament:  Asacol 1200 MG 3X daily, Cortenama 100 ML nightly, Iron 325 MG 3X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise:  Avoiding trigger foods, eating very healthy.  Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa.
Status:  Flare

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 9/23/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you'd better ask your doctor. I can tell you that I used to take Aleve for migraines near/during my period, and I believe that was one of the causes of my UC flare. I also get worse UC symptoms during my period (e.g.. heavier rectal bleeding), and have heard the same from others on this site. Maybe there is another option for you instead of ibuprofen.

What medicines are you taking for your UC? How far up the colon does it extend?
40, female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories and 2 tsp smooth texture Metamucil nightly
25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories and 1 Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra in a.m.
Effexor 37.5, Remeron 30 mg, Clonazepam .5 mg (or more) and Trazodone 75 mg for sleep/anxiety
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Trying acupuncture
Osteopenia and other assorted ailments

New Member

Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 9/23/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
ibuprofen was the only thing I ever took for pain. when I went to my dr a few months ago he told me NOT to take it that it can cause a flare up. maybe you should call and see what your dr says.

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 23551
   Posted 9/23/2008 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was having periods, I had to resort to Darvocet for the pain. I had such severe cramps that sometimes that didn't even help. But definately call your doc to see what he/she suggests because as a Nsaids can promote intestinal bleeding.
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Spinal Stenosis(?)~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3rd epidural injection 9/4, Neurontin and Skelaxin
To help Healingwell - click here: DONATE


Elite Member

Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 9/23/2008 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to get awful period cramps, but since drinking chamomile tea daily (because it's a natrual anti-inflammatory) for my IBD, I no longer get bad period cramps, often I don't get any at all, then I found out that chamomile actually aids with menstral cramp issues and if you drink it before bed it helps you sleep too.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 9/23/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had UC for 10 years and I have only taken a motrin once.  Once was enough for me!! My intestines were in total spasms and they just HURT!  I am 39 and done having children so I went to my gyno about bad cramps and slight flares during my period.  We decided that I was a good candidate for a vaginal hysterectomy.  It has been two years! That was the best thing that ever happened to me!!!!!!!!  The only painkillers my doctor will allow me to take are Vicodin for a very short time period.  Anything with a "cet at the end is bad for UC.  I hope you find some pain relief! 

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 3402
   Posted 9/23/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I like the Pamprin in the blue bottle - no NSAIDs, but has something else that works well for cramping.

Good luck finding something that works for you!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Osteopenia (hip and spine) diagnosed Feb 2006
Status:  Remission?!?!?
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 100mg, Aciphex, Forvia, and Pro-Bio
Remicade: 1st infusion 06/17/08:  Next infusion: 10/07/08
Last Prednisone dose:  7/15/08
Co-Moderator UC forum:  Keep HealingWell running smoothly:

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 2204
   Posted 9/23/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I also take Pamprin. The blue bottle is acetaminophen - i.e. Tylenol. It works okay for me, but might not be strong enough for severe menstrual cramps.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4538
   Posted 9/23/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Aleve on the first day of my period b/c I get really bad cramps. I also take it for migranes b/c it's often the only thing that works for me. I've had 2 GIs okay it for me to take a few times a month...not every day or very often. I would ask your GI.
You don't have to apologize for being graphic. =)
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Sunday, September 23, 2018 12:46 PM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,865 posts in 329,273 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161808 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, bumed.
267 Guest(s), 8 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
pjr64, Kent M., Vdang2k, mibella, jberda1, 61Impala, Ultimo_G, straydog