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(I'll preface by saying that I searched the tags, but got lost in the bleeding ones...Is there a "supplements/vitamins" tag?")

I'm a happy ParaGard hostess, 13 months in now, mp, lg. Lunette/Fleur cup user.  Things have settled down and aside from a day or two of heavy bleeding and a couple of fiester crampy days I'm back to pre-hbc normal.  I've perused this site for some time and have noticed references to Vitamin E in relation to bleeding amounts/cramping.  I was at the store today and the vitamins were a buy one get one free, so I picked up a bottle of 400 mg (?) vit. E pills.  Why not right? 

I would really like to hear your experiences specifically with Vitamin E, especially how long it took to take effect, if you took it during your period, all the time, etc, and how much you took.  And, if you maybe took it and didn't see a response or had any s/e's.

Many thanks in advance,


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Jan. 26th, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
I take 400 IU vitamin E, once daily.

I started it the same day as my insertion and it took effect immediately with my next period.

My periods were heavy and crampy pre-IUD, to the point I was warned off Paragard.

Post-Paragard (with vitamin E), I have literally no cramps and my period is so light I now can use "light" tampons on the light days and "normal" ones on the medium flow days. I've had five periods' experience so far.

I love it.
Jan. 26th, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
This is really encouraging! I'm in the same boat as you - warned off Paraguard because my periods are already almost unbearable as a norm but I still want to make it work so I'm seeing if Vitamin E will discipline my periods. Thanks for sharing your experience :-)
Jan. 26th, 2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I don't have an IUD yet but I want the Paraguard if I can bring my cramps and heavy bleeding under control. Last month, I took Vitamin E every day and my period was dramatically gentler on me. I bled moderately for one day with moderate cramps (usually, I bleed at you-should-really-go-to-the-ER amounts with crippling pain) and then barely bled and only lightly cramped for the next three days.
Jan. 26th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)

Hmm this is interesting. I've had my paragard for 3 years I think (I can't even remember it may only be 2). And my period is so much worse than before I got my iud. My cramps are unbearable and nothing dulls them except strong painkillers.

I've just started taking a multivitamin with 30 IU vitamin e. should I still pick up just a vitamin e pill?

Jan. 26th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
I take 1 vitamin E supplement a day only during the 3-4 days leading up to my period, but still the difference between my vitamin-E-treated periods and non-vitamin-E-treated ones is noticeable.

Do you think you get enough calcium and iron in your diet? My gyno told me that calcium can help with cramping, and iron deficiency (as backwards as this sounds) often means heavier bleeding.
Jan. 27th, 2012 08:01 am (UTC)
I'm going to try Vitamin E for awhile in the hopes it might help the spotting I'm experiencing go away, but I admit to being wary. There are some studies online that suggest Vitamin E can build up in your liver. I might just go back to a week before my period instead.
Jan. 27th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
I take Vitamin 400IU daily, mainly to control spotting between periods. And it's helped significantly. If I dooo spot, I'll take a few ibuprofen through out the day in addition to my daily Vitamin E, and that clears it up within a day or two. As for lessening my flow, I'm not sure if it helps or not. I've never had an extremely heavy flow. I started using the Diva Cup a few cycles back and just empty out in the morning when I wake up and before I go to bed. Never seems to be overflowing. I also usually forget to take the Vitamin E during my period, so maybe it will lessen the bleeding or the amount of time of bleeding. I'll try it this next go 'round. I still get random, painful cramps through out the cycle. Vitamin E doesn't seem to have much to do with it. Oddly enough, drinking a lot of water helps. And of course, Vitamin I (Iburpfoen) :)
Jan. 28th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
Where can one find vitamin E supplements, just at any pharmacy over-the-counter?

I used ibuprofen to minimize and eventually stop the initial bleeding of the IUD insertion (thanks to information on this blog and various other sites on the World Wide Web). I have only had one actual period since the insertion; took ibuprofen in hopes it would minimize bleeding.

Would vitamin E be safe to take with ibuprofen?
Jan. 30th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
Be careful taking too much Ibuprofen. Taking it every day is really hard on your liver.
Jan. 30th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
I take 400 IU every day all month long. I had started taking it just during my period to reduce bleeding, but then I was having spotting in between so I started taking it all the time. It stopped the spotting, and also the thick gooey discharge that I was having. It took my heaviest days down about 30% in bleeding. And as heavy as my periods are, 30% was enough to make me very very thankful. I was having to empty my cup every 30-45 mins, now I can go 45 mins-1hr 15 mins.

The only side effect I noticed is that when I take it with 2800mg fish oil every day, I have unusual bleeding-like rectal bleeding with BMs, slow to stop bleeding after finger sticks or blood donation, etc. Fish oil and Vitamin E both have anticoagulant effects, so I can only take 1400mg fish oil now.
Jan. 30th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
I don't know for sure if it was the vitamin e or just a coincedence, but I took some last week for 7 days and it seems like my month long spotting is finally over. (I hope I don't jinx myself lol).
Jan. 31st, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
I'm really interested in this post. I just had my copper IUD switched for a mirena during surgery last week and have been annoyed by spotting ever since. I just stopped taking naproxen (like ibuprofen) for the post-surgery pain yesterday and today I am spotting much more heavily and cramping too. Obviously I can't take NSAIDs forever, I've already been taking them for the last 6 months and now hope to resume a normal painkiller consumption!

I'm going to try vitamin e as an alternative and plan to report on my progress.

Also, could anyone point me (and anyone else who's interested) in the direction of more info on this?

Thanks all
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting this question. I would also love a vitamins/supplements tag because I've also had a hard time finding information.

Will Vitamin E also shorten period length?

I'm on month 2, and while my period has been light/moderate flow, its been very loooong.

Anyone that has commented here care to share further updates. I'm curious!
Apr. 9th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
hi all, thought you might find this article interesting, it talks about studies on dosages and effects of vitamin e to reduce cramping and blood loss:

"Previous studies have shown that 500 IU of vitamin E taken daily during the menstrual period can significantly reduce dysmenorrhea."
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