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Evelyn Resh MPH,CNM(Certified Sexuality Counselor & Nurse-Midwife)answered(9/14/2012)I know this answer may sound crazy, but you could use birth control pills. I have done this before with women who have your same complaint. If they have a very heavy cycle and their period lasts a full week, the hormones will curb both. I realize you have an IUD for contraception and the fact that you're using a Paragard tells me that you would rather not have any hormonal method for contraception. But, there isn't really any other way to shorten the length of your period. Also, keep in mind that sometimes, longer and heavier cycles are a side effect of the Paragard.
Melicia Escobar, MSN, CNM(Certified Nurse Midwife)answered(9/17/2012)I agree with Evelyn. If you are unable to use or do not wish to use hormones, you can also try regular exercise. Exercise not only has the potential to decrease your flow, but may ease some of the other symptoms that women with heavy flows experience. As always, consult your doctor before taking up a new exercise routine, especially if you are currently pretty sedentary.
Bob Smithing, MSN, NP, FAANP(Family Nurse Practitioner)answered(11/22/2012)Another trick that can work for some is to start taking Aleve or ibuprofen as soon as you start your period or the day before. I have patients start at the maximum package dose. If that doesn't work, talk to your practitioner and see if they would recommend a different dose.