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Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding - Prevention

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 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 Birth Control.
  • If you are taking hormone therapy, 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 Stress Management.
  • Take a 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 allergic reaction 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.
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Last Updated: May 04, 2012
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