Tips for relieving menstrual pain
Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) are one of the most common symptoms of fibroids.
Why fibroids cause pain is not known. Try one or more of the following tips to help relieve your menstrual pain:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, help relieve menstrual cramps and pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
- Apply heat to the lower abdomen by using a heating pad or hot water bottle or taking a warm bath. Heat improves blood flow and may improve pelvic pain.
- Lie down and elevate your legs by putting a pillow under your knees. This may help relieve pain.
- Lie on your side and bring your knees up to your chest. This will help relieve back pressure.
- Use pads instead of tampons.
- Get exercise, which improves blood flow and may reduce pain.
Tips for preventing anemia
Anemia occurs when your body cannot produce blood as fast as it is being lost. As a result, you have fewer red blood cells in the blood. A test called a complete blood count (CBC) can tell you whether you have anemia. Increasing the amount of iron in your diet may help prevent anemia.