Menstrual disorder

Self-care

Over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve) may relieve pain.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Bleeding lasts seven days or more
  • Bleeding occurs less than every 21 days
  • Soaking through one or more tampons or pads every hour
  • Heavy bleeding or pain affects daily activities
  • Passing blood clots larger than a quarter
  • Bleeding after menopause

Last Updated May 24, 2018


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