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Many women are familiar with the pain associated with menstruation. How can this common type of pain be effectively relieved?
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Every month, around the same time, pain, cramps, and fatigue are the order of the day. Almost all women have suffered from this condition called primary dysmenorrhea. The severity of the symptoms sometimes interferes with normal functioning. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for menstrual pain.
For additional information about primary dysmenorrhea, read the following text, "What is primary dysmenorrhea?"
Treatments to relieve menstrual pain
The treatment of primary dysmenorrhea is intended to relieve symptoms and allow you to return to your normal daily activities. There is no single treatment that will completely eliminate the problem, but there are several that can reduce or relieve cramping.
Analgesics, especially anti-inflammatory drugs, are the drugs of first-line treatments. They act on the components (prostaglandins) involved in primary dysmenorrhea and relieve pain. Anti-inflammatory medications should be started at the onset of symptoms and continued for two to three days.
Several anti-inflammatory drugs can be used to treat primary dysmenorrhea. Some are available over the counter on pharmacy shelves or in the pharmacy area, but others require a doctor’s prescription. Anti-inflammatory drugs are not suitable for everyone and may interact with various medications. Therefore, it is important to speak to your pharmacist before purchasing them. Pain relief from anti-inflammatory drugs will also help reduce other related symptoms.
Aside from anti-inflammatory drugs, hormonal contraceptives and the use of an intrauterine device (IUD) are among the treatment options for primary dysmenorrhea. Although acetaminophen is not an anti-inflammatory, it can help relieve menstrual pain and other types of pain that may occur during menstruation, such as headaches and backaches. In the event of nausea or vomiting, the use of anti-nausea medication may be helpful.
In addition to the available treatments, here are some simple and effective measures that can help relieve primary dysmenorrhea:
- apply warm compresses
- take a hot bath
- exercise regularly
- engage in a relaxing activity, such as yoga, meditation or visualization
- consider trying acupuncture
Help from your pharmacist
Speak to your pharmacist if you think you have primary dysmenorrhea. The basis of treatment for this condition relies on the use of over-the-counter medications. Your pharmacist is a medication expert, including those sold without a prescription. Since choosing a treatment is always an important decision, it is essential to have accurate information to help you make your decision. Your pharmacist can provide you with information about your options. Once you have chosen a treatment, they can tell you how to use it safely and optimally. Additionally, they may be able to prescribe it to you, if it is beneficial to you.
If your doctor prescribes a treatment for the relief of primary dysmenorrhea, your pharmacist will do a complete analysis of your record to ensure that it is the best treatment for you based on your personal characteristics and the other medications you are taking. They will also make the necessary recommendations regarding the prescribed treatment. Note that pharmacists can also re-prescribe a medication for primary dysmenorrhea if it has already been prescribed in the last two years, following a consultation.
Do you dread the start of your period every month? If, like many women, you feel powerless in the face of these monthly disruptions, keep in mind that there are effective solutions. This classic women's health issue doesn't have to be a necessary evil!