A good number of women are familiar with the pain associated with menstruation. How can this type of pain, which is so prevalent, be effectively relieved?
Each month, at about the same time, pain, cramps, and fatigue are the order of the day. Almost all women have suffered from this condition called primary dysmenorrhea. Gravity of symptoms sometimes hamper normal functioning. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available to relieve menstrual pain.
For additional information about primary dysmenorrhea, read the following text, "What is primary dysmenorrhea?"
The treatments used 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 treatment available to eliminate the problem completely, but several of them can help to reduce or relieve cramps. Analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications in particular are the first-line treatments. They act on the compounds (prostaglandins) involved in primary dysmenorrhea and relieve pain. Anti-inflammatory medication should be taken as soon as symptoms appear and continued during 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 can interact with certain medications. Therefore, it is important to speak to your pharmacist before purchasing them. Pain relief using anti-inflammatory drugs will also help reduce other related symptoms.
Aside from anti-inflammatory drugs, the use of oral contraceptives and inserting an intrauterine device (IUD) are also among the treatment options for primary dysmenorrhea. Although acetaminophen is not an anti-inflammatory, it can help relieve pain. In the case of nausea or vomiting, the use of anti-nausea medication may be beneficial.
In addition to the treatments available, here are a few simple and effective measures that can help relieve primary dysmenorrhea:
- apply hot compresses
- take a hot bath
- exercise regularly
- practise a relaxing activity, such as yoga, meditation or visualization
- consider trying acupuncture
Help from your pharmacist
Speak to your pharmacist if you think you suffer from primary dysmenorrhea. The basis of treatment for this condition is 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 give you insight. Your pharmacist can give you information about the different options open to you. Once you have chosen a treatment option, he/she can explain its optimal and safe use.
If your doctor prescribes a treatment for primary dysmenorrhea, your pharmacist will make a complete analysis of your record to ensure that this is the best treatment option for you, based on your personal characteristics and the other medications you take. He/she will also make the necessary recommendations regarding the prescribed treatment.
Do you dread the start of your period each month? If, like many women, you feel powerless in the face of these monthly disruptions, keep in mind that there are effective solutions. This typically feminine problem does not have to be a pain!