Menstrual Pain (cont.)
Menstrual Cramps Medications
If a woman with menstrual cramps is not already taking an anti-inflammatory medicine, the health care professional may advise her to take one of the over-the-counter pain relievers or prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug.
Starting some form of hormonal birth control is another option to relieve or stop menstrual cramps. This can take the form of oral contraceptive pills (OCPs), an injection, a transdermal patch, or a hormone-releasing intrauterine device. All these methods reduce menstrual flow and the mid-cycle pain that may occur with it. There are a number of different types of hormonal birth control methods available, and no studies have been done to show that one preparation or form of hormonal contraception is superior in reducing menstrual cramps. Oral contraceptive pills are a common choice for women who suffer from significant menstrual discomfort and who do not wish to become pregnant.
In many cases, a combination of NSAIDs and hormonal contraceptive methods such as oral contraceptive pills may be needed to relieve menstrual cramps and pain. Prescription medications (mefenamic acid [Ponstel] or meclofenamate [Meclomen]) may be prescribed.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/12/2014
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