There are two main types of non-hormonal treatments your GP may prescribe, Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) e.g. ibuprofen or tranexamic acid.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, mefenamic acid and naproxen are a suitable option for milder menorrhagia and can help to reduce the amount of menstrual bleeding, particularly in the first few days of the cycle. NSAIDs have the added benefit of relieving painful menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhoea). They may be prescribed in additionto tranexamic acid.
Tranexamic acid works by blocking the breakdown of blood clots. It can also help reduce menstrual blood loss and pain and only needs to be taken at the time of the bleeding. It has been shown to be more effective at relieving symptoms than NSAIDs. It may reduce the amount of blood flow during each period by 40-60%.