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Best way to reduce severe PMS?

I’m 38 years old, never had kids and I’m wondering what (if anything) women have used besides the pill or an IUD to combat severe PMS, severe cramping and heavy bleeding during their period.

I saw a post about the Mirena but I’ve heard horror stories and good stories which made the decision harder so I’m curious if there’s anything else out there that worked for you.

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Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Heidi Cheung Heidi Cheung says:

    This sounds crazy, but when I stopped using tampons and switched to a menstrual cup, my period became less and my cramps were greatly diminished.

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  2. Teri Sherry Teri Sherry says:

    I took Prozac. 20 mg. Daily. Helped with the mood swings.

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  3. I sleep on a heating pad for the cramps

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  4. Jodi Flatt Jodi Flatt says:

    Advil and wine.

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  5. Maca and evening primrose oil.

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  6. Have you talked to your doctor? It could be something like a polyp attached to your uterus that’s causing you to have those tough periods. They can send you for an ultrasound to double check.

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  7. Accupunture havent had a cramp since been about 5 yrs

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  8. This stuff works well for me

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  9. Ask a gynecologist

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  10. I deal with the same thing. Horrible PMS symptoms and awful cramps. I have no polyps or cysts but do have some endometriosis. Might be something worth asking your doctor about

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  11. Angela Budd Angela Budd says:

    Actually I just switched Brands this past month and my flow and pains dimished quite a bit!! I went from Playtex to Kotex. Could be coincidence. But I don’t think so. Since getting my tubes tied 2 years I nearly die monthly. First month it has been “normal”

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  12. Anita McGinn Anita McGinn says:

    I had the Mirena for 3 months. Was great for lessening the bleeding but my body felt like I was on my period the entire 3 months. I got it taken out and with just 3 months in it has helped. I’ve had it out for a year and my periods are not near what they used to be. When it comes to the Mirena, it’s something you cannot go by other women’s experiences. The only way to know if it will work for you is to try it.

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  13. Cut out dairy and drink raspberry leaf tea every day…I was recommended for hysterectomy at 22. If I hadn’t found this raspberry leaf tea I wouldn’t have my daughter right now

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  14. Cindy Mason Cindy Mason says:

    After my 3rd child I had severe problems to the point where I requested a hysterectomy, never regretted it.

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  15. Look into a uterine ablation. They Lazer out the inside of your uterus so no more heavy bleeding and no more pain. Can last anywhere from a couple of months to years!

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  16. I use something call a Nuvaring. I get severe cramping and a very heavy period, but with this thing it’s almost pain free and period is really light. I still get a tiny bit bitchy but not as bad as I usually do.

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  17. Amez Derksen Amez Derksen says:

    I starti g taking Mirvala and it is a game changer

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  18. Uterus obliterating lol.. I can’t remember the right name for it… they laser your uterus. I was a hemorrhaging horse with insane cramps, begging for a hysterectomy. They won’t give me one, and threw this idea at me.. 90% of women ate period free for at 3yrs. I wasn’t THAT lucky, bit got down to a 3 day spotting. Which changed my life!! Highly recommend it.

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  19. Have you been diagnosed with endometriosis by chance. This is your starting point. Find a good gynaecologist. Don’t be afraid of the mirena. I am an endo sufferer and with this iud I finally have my life back. No more surgery, no more cramps, no more flooding! Treatment of any sort is important if it is endo and you would like to have kids one day. All the best.

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  20. I’ve had iud Minerva for 7 years all issues gone. !!

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  21. I started with the pill for the same reasons. And my cramps went way down and flow less also. I did that for 5 years. Then switched to mirena. My cramps are definitely more but my flow almost doesn’t exist. Pros of the pill :controlling when you want or don’t want your period. Cons to the mirena : I often can feel it and the insertion is painful. As well as I can’t control when I get my period. (example avoiding it while on vacation was always nice)

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  22. Pm me. I have a great product

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  23. Try out the Nuva ring, it has done amazing things for severely reducing my periods and the symptoms that come along with it.

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  24. I cut out alcohol, chocolate and caffeine a few days prior to it starting (about the only time I really crave it…lol) and the first few days in. I also take prescribed naproxen for day 1 and 2 and use a heating bag to diminish cramps. Usually, It gets me through the worst of it.

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  25. Alana Boutin Alana Boutin says:

    Hysterectomy at 43. Best thing I ever did with years of this

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  26. Sonja Mac Sonja Mac says:

    I would say to try the mirena. It’s odd that I would say this because it was a terrible experience for me and I had it removed along with a uterine ablation one year later (2015). But enough people have had positive results that, if you suffer the way I suffer (2nd, and different type of ablation scheduled for February. 2018. Hysterectomy after that), anything is worth a try.

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  27. Dennis Robins is a expert on pms ask him. He’s a miserable bitch.

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  28. Lisa Lutz Lisa Lutz says:

    Get a referral to an endocrinologist right away.

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  29. clean eating and exercise.

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  30. If you’ve never had kids I wouldn’t reccomend an IUD as your cervix has never opened yet.

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  31. try acupuncture! Monica Patt Acupuncture specializes in fertility and womens health, plus she is so knowledgeable and personable!

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  32. Stress ease Vitimin B. Green lid. Does wonders

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  33. I have premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which causes near-psychoic symptoms. Mirena made things worse because it does not suppress ovulation. I use a three month at a time BCP, Seasonique, which has three months straight of pills, followed by a week of estrogen only pills. My periods are light, little to no cramping and no mood swings.

    Some find changing from disposable tampons and pad to either menstrual cups or washable pads (not as gross as it sounds) will help with cramping and flow issues as well, plus less impact on the environment. .

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  34. Corina Doyle Corina Doyle says:

    I had the endometrial ablasion done best decision ever!

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  35. Yes. Diva cup works for me. Two different sizes, one for those who haven’t had kids and up to a certain age and another size for mothers etc. Saves money and the environment too.

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  36. I know you wanted other options, but for me only the pill cut down on severe pain and heavy bleeding.

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