Menstrual pain getting you down?


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
Menstrual pain getting you down

According to a study spanning 30 years, contraceptive pills are beneficial in easing menstrual pain.

The study was conducted gathering more than 1,400 Swedish women born in the years 1962, 1972 and 1982. The subjects were asked to fill out a lengthy questionnaire when they were enrolled in the probe at the age of 19, and did the same again five years later at the age of 24. Those women who took oral contraceptives had reported significant drops in two acknowledged measurements of menstrual pain.

Age was also a factor in the findings of the study. As a woman aged, the severity of period pain decreased somewhat, but this effect was independent from the pill, and smaller. Gynaecologist Ingela Lindh led the insvestigation at the Gothenburg University's Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sweden, and is published online by the European journal Human Reproduction.

In order to reduce period pain, the pill is sometimes prescribed by doctors and many women attest to its effectiveness, however, the scientific verdict has so far been mixed. Two major reviews of the evidence, carried out in 2007 and 2009, said there had been a lack of randomised controlled trials to provide a clear answer.

Randomised control trials are the gold standard of clinical research. They entail enrolling volunteers who are randomly assigned either to a group that uses the genuine treatment or to a comparison group which uses dummy pills as a comparison. This new study could help provide a definitive answer, its authors hope. The probe is unusually long and uses each volunteer as a personal benchmark to measure the impact of the pill and ageing on period symptoms.

Please note: Avoid self-medication and consult your doctor

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