Skin Patch Can Ease Menstrual Cramps
"Another treatment option is birth control pills, because generally they
will decrease blood flow and cramping," she says.
If a woman does not get relief from NSAIDs, Moore says, she should go to her
doctor, who will take a thorough medical history and perform an examination to
determine the cause of the cramps.
For example, a condition known as endometriosis, in which uterine tissue
adheres to the reproductive organs and the pelvis, causes severe cramps right
before menstruation in women in their 20s and 30s, Moore says.
Women older than 30 may have fibroid (made of muscle) cysts in their uterus
that are causing the cramps, she says.
- A new, medicated patch worn on the abdomen has been developed as a
treatment for menstrual cramps.
- The patch delivers medication over a 24-hour period, stopping contractions
of the uterus, which are often the cause of cramps.
- Other treatments for menstrual cramps include taking over-the-counter
painkillers, such as Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin, or taking birth control pills.
Women who don't get relief from painkillers should be examined by a doctor for
medical conditions that may be causing the cramps.