Womens Health

Non prescription Menstrual Cramp Treatments


Occasionally what are thought to just menstrual cramps can turn out to represent other conditions. You may want ot look at our articles on:

  • Muscle Pain Presenting as Pelvic Pain
  • Post Tubal Ligation Syndrome Review
  • Low Back Pain -- When is Imaging Needed?
  • Interstitial Cystitis - Pelvic Pain from the Bladder

Literature findings:

  • Women taking naproxen were over three times more likely to have at least moderate pain relief than those taking placebo. Ibuprofen, mefenamic acid and aspirin were also superior to placebo but acetaminophen was not. 
  • Magnesium reduces menstrual cramps compared with placebo
  • Magnesium doesn't alter calcium absorption in most people but in those with hyperabsorption of calcium and renal stone formation, magnesium decreases calcium absorption 


Other links about Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)


Menstrual cramps - dysmenorrhea

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