It turns out ibuprofen is actually proven to reduce period flow and people are shocked they didn't know

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We loved it for cramps, but it turns out Ibuprofen can do a lot more!

That’s right, the common ibuprofen not only fixes those monthly pains but actually reduces the amount of blood you shed - and it seems a lot of people had no idea.

It all came out when this tweet went viral:

Oh, and it’s actually been scientifically proven to work. Ob-gyn and Twitter personality Dr. Jen Gunter replied to the thread, saying she's always sworn by it!

She even discusses it in a Ted Talk!

While it's different for each person, a woman may experience 30 per cent less bleeding if she uses ibuprofen (make sure you check with your own doctor if this could be right for you), according to Heather Beall, MD.

Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, or NSAID, which reduces the amount of blood loss by causing a decline in the rate of prostaglandin synthesis in the lining of the uterus, ob-gyn Eduardo Hariton, MD explains to Cosmopolitan.

The decline in prostaglandin synthesis leads your blood vessels to constrict, which reduces bleeding. (BTW, prostaglandins also cause period poops.)

How interesting is that! We'll be getting some for next month!