7 Ways To Stop Menstrual Cramps
The Crazy Cure For Menstrual Cramps
PMS is no fun. At all. (Well, so I've heard. Probably more than most men, as I work at a women's health and lifestyle publication.) Luckily, there's a new drug that could help provide relief—and you've probably already heard of it:Taking Viagra might ease menstrual cramps, according to a new study published in the journalHuman Reproduction.
For the study, researchers recruited 25 women suffering from moderate to severe menstrual cramps. Half of them took a 100 mg sildenafil citrate—the main ingredient in Viagra—while the other half took placebos. Interestingly, women were told to take the pills vaginally, with the thinking that putting medication closer to the area where you're experiencing pain might allow the drugs to enter the bloodstream more quickly and get to the blood vessels responsible for cramps sooner, says study author Richard Legro, M.D., a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Pennsylvania State University.
The result? Women who took sildenafil citrate experienced more relief than the placebo group up to four hours after the drug was taken—and no side effects were reported. "We hypothesize that this drug helps relax blood vessels—which flush out substances that cause menstrual pain—faster than other medications," says Legro.
MORE:What Happens to Your Body When You've Got PMS
Researchers still need to test the effects of different dosages and intake methods (oral versus vaginal). Until the results of their research are out, you can use these three ways to beat PMS symptoms.
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