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Monday, October 27, 2014

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Dysmenorrhea, or menstrual cramps can be primary or secondary. The treatments can overlap, but in secondary, there is usually a cause, like fibroids, infection, or endometriosis. The treatment of secondary dysmenorrhea means treatment of the underlying condition. For others with primary dysmenorrhea, this is menstrual cramping that occurs due to the menstrual flow and the only 'condition' is the cramping, there is no specific condition. Primary dysmenorrhea usually  with the first few menstrual cycles a women has in her youth. There are currently many treatments either approved or available for menstrual cramps: NSAIDS, Lysteda, Oral Contraception, the Mirena IUD, over the counter treatments as mild pain medication, and even yoga, exercise and psychotherapy. Other treatments get more expensive and more dubious such as the use of thyme oil. But the male erection drug sildenafil citrate (made more famous under the name Viagra) is one of the newer medications that has been shown to work for menstrual cramps in a study of women with primary dysmenorrhea (PD). is not the first medical use of this medication, as the same drug sildenafil citrate has been used under the brand name Revatio, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and improve exercise capacity in men and women with this disabling disease. For women with the severe menstrual cramps the medicine is given vaginally in this NIH funded study. Many common menstrual treatments rely in decreasing the release of prostaglandins, this is how ibuprofen works for menstrual cramps. And the medical treatments have gotten more sophisticated in terms of which exact prostaglandin is being treated. The first studies of a novel prostaglandin receptor was published just recently. As always it's important to get a personal evaluation before you decide what, if any, treatment is going to be best for you.

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