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An Alarming Side Effect of NSAIDs: Ovulation Stops

An Alarming Side Effect of NSAIDs: Ovulation Stops

If the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) had been taking any of the three common NSAIDs mentioned below, for any of the aches and pains that accompany long days of globetrotting with Prince William, the chances of their being a little Prince George and little Princess Charlotte would have been greatly reduced.

Research revealed at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress found that many women stop ovulating after taking standard doses for just 10 days of diclofenac, naproxen and etoricoxib to ease mild back pain.

Only 6.3% of women in the study who took 100mg of diclofenac daily, 25% of women using 500mg of naproxen twice a day, and 27.3% of those taking 90mg of etoricoxib (a cox-2 inhibitor) once a day, continued to ovulate–compared with 100% of women in the control group. This is big news for women of child-bearing age and may indicate that these very effective pain relievers are doing more to your body (male or female) than you recognize. If they cause the endocrine system to halt ovulation, what else might they do?

Our advice–limit your intake and go for relief of minor aches and pains with:

  • An Epsom salt bath (mild temperature for best absorption of muscle-soothing minerals).
  • Use R.I.C.E: Rest, ice, compression and elevation to ease a sore knee, twisted ankle or other such hurts.
  • Consider alternating ice (10 minutes) with heat (20 minutes) to reduce inflammation and promote blood flow.
  • Do gentle stretches to release muscle tension and increase flexibility.
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