Treatment is based on many factors and is best if determined with your healthcare provider. There are non-pharmacological treatments that perform well in the control of dysmenorrhea.
- Heat – via a heating pad or bathing
- Abdominal massage
- Regular exercise
Pharmacologic treatments that can achieve pain relief include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Oral contraceptive pills
- Long-acting hormonal contraceptives
Dysmenorrhea is a very common gynecological condition. A good treatment plan can help achieve optimal pain relief during monthly menstrual cycles. Coordination with a healthcare provider can help determine if other problems exist and to find the most effective treatment options available.