Viagra Relieves Menstrual Cramps

Monday, 09 Dec 2013 04:25 PM

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Viagra isn't just for men anymore. A new study published in the journal Human Reproduction has found the erectile dysfunction drug also helps ease women's monthly menstrual cramps, as well as the nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness that often accompany them, according to Medical News Today.
 
The study, by researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine, determined that sildenafil citrate —commercially known as Viagra — alleviates menstrual symptoms in women with primary dysmenorrhea (PD), the most common reason for pelvic pain in women.
 
"If future studies confirm these findings, sildenafil may become a treatment option for patients with PD," said lead researcher Richard Legro, M.D. "Since PD is a condition that most women suffer from and seek treatment for at some points in their lives, the quest for new medication is justified."
 
Anti-inflammatory drugs — including ibuprofen — are the most widely used treatment for menstrual cramps, but it does not work for all women, and is associated with ulcers and kidney damage when used repeatedly.
 
ED drugs have previously shown an improvement in pelvic pain when taken orally, but often result in headaches. As a result, the researchers from this latest study assessed the results of using sildenafil citrate vaginally, which they say had not yet been tried to alleviate PD.
 
To conduct their research, the investigators tracked 25 women between the ages of 18 and 35 who used either sildenafil or an inactive placebo drug.  Working with researchers at Nova Gradiska General Hospital in Croatia, they evaluated how the participants rated their pain during a 4-hour period.
 
After 2 hours, the researchers observed pain levels were "significantly lower" in the group taking sildenafil citrate, compared with those in the placebo group, without negative side effects.
 
The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
 

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