The Curse of painful periods

All my life I have suffered with gynecological complaints of some sorts. I have heavy and painful periods and operations to remove cysts and adhesions left my ovary stuck to my bowel, which meant I needed another operation to remove the ovary from my bowel. With all the scars and adhesions it only adds to the pain that I already experienced from plain bad luck.

Mefenamic acid for Painful Periods

Medical help

That is a laugh!! There is nothing worse than being in pain for days and then knowing you have around 3 weeks until it happens all over again. A trip to the doctors should see you with a prescription that will relieve the pain, you would think, yet years upon years of being prescribed everything from Kapake, Pethadine tablets to really strong Ibuprofen, they either did nothing to get rid of the pain or they worked and left me so groggy and sleepy that I was fit for nothing. 

This was long before the internet was widely used as it is today and I really didn't do any more than talk to my doctor about it.  Luckily for me, one day I went to talk to a doctor about it and I was lucky enough to see a locum that introduced me to Mefenamic acid. I dubiously said I would give them a try as anything is better than nothing. That was in 2005 and I still use them to this day, they are fantastic, they don't leave you with the drowsiness that other pain killers can leave you with.

Mefenamic acid and NSAIDs

Mefenamic acid is a member of the group of drugs known as NSAIDs or Non Steroidal Anti Inflammitory drugs. Mefenamic acid is aspirin base but is non narcotic so you will not find yourself in fairy land after taking them like so many other choices available. As the name NSAID suggests, Mefenamic acid is also an anti inflammatory so it reduces any swollen tissue. This is fabulous for anyone with endometriosis.

Mefenamic acid is used for other health complaints such as Osteoarthritis but was found to be helpful in people with heavy or painful periods. Mefenamic acid works because it blocks the production of prostaglandins and also blocks any actions of prostaglandins already made. By reducing the effect of prostaglandins the pain is lessened because the inflammation is lowered.

To get the best result from pain and heavy blood loss a woman must start taking Mefenamic acid around 7 days before a period is expected. First a woman must be properly diagnosed with Menorrhagia, because as with many drugs, there are risks from taking NSAIDs and they must be balanced with a need for the use of the drug.

A doctor should look at your history and what medication you are already on before prescribing Mefenamic acid, but here are a few reasons why Mefenamic acid may not be suitable for you.

  • Mefenamic is not suitable if you are allergic to aspirin or ibuprofen based medicine.
  • Suffer from epilepsy
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Have gastrointestinal problems
  • Have bleeding problems

This is not an extensive list but are some of the most common reasons why you can not have Mefenamic acid.