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Menstrual Pain (cont.)

Menstrual Cramps Alternative Therapy

If taking hormonal birth control is not an option because of health problems, or the woman is among the 10% of women who do not respond to this treatment, some investigators have proposed other alternative treatments including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Nitroglycerin patch
  • Wearing a TENS (transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation) unit, a small electrical device that interferes with pain signals as they travel to the brain. Some investigators have reported that thiamine, vitamin E, or omega-3 fatty acid supplementation can be effective remedies for menstrual cramps. However, definitive studies of all of these alternative treatments are lacking.

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