Medicine won't cure
female pelvic pain. But it can help control the pain and keep it from getting worse or becoming chronic. There is no one medicine that works for all women.
Medicines to control hormones
Birth control pills are commonly used for menstrual pain. They are also often prescribed for
is sometimes prescribed for pain related to endometriosis.
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists can relieve pain from endometriosis by stopping production
of the hormones that make endometriosis worse. This treatment may also
relieve pelvic pain that comes in cycles but isn't related to endometriosis and pelvic pain
irritable bowel syndrome. But this short-term treatment brings on
symptoms of menopause, with side effects such as
hot flashes and loss of bone density, for as long as
you take it.
Tricyclic antidepressant medicines are sometimes used to treat chronic pain in other
areas of the body. Limited research suggests that they help relieve chronic
pelvic pain in some women.2
Anticonvulsant medicines such as gabapentin are sometimes used to treat chronic pelvic pain.
Opiate pain medicine is only
recommended as a last-resort treatment for severe pelvic pain.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 03, 2014
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