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Alice May
Joined: 09/27/2009

Need some quick advice!! I no that ibuprofen is a no-no with TTC. But what about when I have my period? I have been using ibuprofen for bad cramps but only once I start to bleed a lot, so as to be sure it is AF. Is this ok?? I thought I read somewhere that it was ok to use it just for your period. (It's just the first day or so that is bad) Now everything i read just says not to use it while TTC.....I just want some clarification. What I read before said it doesn't stay in your system for long so when you are on your period, when you know you are not pregnant, it's ok. It's CD 1 and I've already had one ibuprofen pill..... and I know later I'll need more. Tylenol doesn't cut it. I am very eager to play it safe but sometimes the pain is bad. Any advice?

rabidpecan's picture
Joined: 11/03/2009

I've never done any reading on it, but I can't imagine why it would hurt when you have AF. Actually, someone on another post said her doctor told her that the things we put into our bodies don't affect the baby until the placenta attaches, which isn't until after you already know you're pregnant. I still wouldn't use it in the 2WW, but it will definitely be long gone out of your system by that time anyway.


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Joined: 11/11/2009

I thought I read somewhere that Ibuprofen shouldn't be used, not because of "if you get pregnant" but it can affect your chances of getting pregnant. I'll try to find the article

Joined: 04/24/2009

I have read studies that have found that Ibuprofen can goof with ovulation and potentially egg implantation....
I too will try to find the articles for you.
Good luck and sending you lots of baby dust!
Smile Elizabeth


lauren's picture
Joined: 09/15/2009

Really?!? Wow, I had never heard any of this before!


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Joined: 11/11/2009

From the Organization of Teratology Information

"Two studies have found an increased
risk of miscarriage with the use of NSAIDs
such as ibuprofen early in pregnancy; however,
several other studies did not find this
association. There are also concerns that drugs
such as ibuprofen may interfere with
implantation of the early fetus. While a clear
risk has not been established, women who are
trying to conceive may wish to avoid

Joined: 11/11/2009

Here's more...
Can Ibuprofen Interfere with Ovulation?Posted Apr 23 2009 5:28pm Yes! Ibuprofen and other drugs that belong to non steroidal anti inflammatory drug class like aspirin, excedrin, motrin, advil, aleve etc. can interfere with ovulation. A study published in Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (Bata MS, Al-Ramahi M, Salhab AS, Gharaibeh MN, Schwartz J. Delay of ovulation by meloxicam in healthy cycling volunteers: A placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study. J Clin Pharmacol. 2006 Aug;46(Cool:925-32) showed that women who took NSAID medication had delayed ovulation by approximately 5 days, decreased levels of serum progesterone in the second part of the cycle and increased follicle size. Other studies have suggested that NSAID’s can interfere with normal implantation.

If you trying to conceive it is important that you refrain from taking drugs that belong to NSAID category especially around ovulation time. Tylenol can be used since it does not belong to this category but it is definitely better to avoid any over the counter medications if possible.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, it is important to address the root cause of the issue and use safer and more gentle alternatives like acupuncture, herbal medicine, physical therapy, massage, yoga therapy, nutritional therapy, essential oils and others.

Common herbs that are used to decrease inflammation and relieve pain are ginger and turmeric. Both are commonly used in cooking in China and India. Adding ginger and turmeric to your food will not only add nice flavor and color to your dishes but also help with pain control. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant so if you suffer from muscular pain and stiffness taking an Epsom salt (magnesium) bath can help. Fish oil and cold liver oil can also help decrease inflammation and provide pain relief.

Myrrh, the resin of a tree Commiphora myrrha, has been used in both traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to fight pain caused by inflammation. It is commonly paired with frankincense to create a powerful pain control formula.

Please consult with the licensed health care professional for treatment option that is appropriate for your condition.

Orchid's picture
Joined: 02/17/2010

WOW! I had no idea! Shock thanks for posting this question!


loofish's picture
Joined: 02/08/2010

Thanks for this information! I usually take ibuprofen for pain. Not anymore!




Joined: 01/08/2010

very interesting! thanks for posting i take ibuprofin esp over my period! not anymore thanks Smile


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soon2bwife10's picture
Joined: 03/18/2010

Omg everyone thanks so much for posting this information I take ibuprofen for all of my pain and I have been taking it for bad headaches wow thanks everyone once again now I know stay away from ibuprofen no matter how bad the pain