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An Alarming Side Effect of NSAIDs: Ovulation Stops

An Alarming Side Effect of NSAIDs: Ovulation Stops

According to research revealed at the 2015 European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress meeting, 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 percent of women in the study who took 100mg of diclofenac daily, 25 percent of women using 500mg of naproxen twice a day, and 27.3 percent of those taking 90mg of etoricoxib (a cox-2 inhibitor) once a day, continued to ovulate–compared with 100 percent 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. But remember, heat should only be used 24 hours following injury, not before. 
  • Do gentle stretches to release muscle tension and increase flexibility.

Medically reviewed in August 2019.

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