Viagra for Menstrual Cramps?

Holy Hormones Journal: Say what? The little blue pill for women? To relieve menstrual cramps? Is that what we want? Drugs and more drugs.  “The agonizing cramping in the pelvic area” – can be alleviated naturally with lifestyle, diet and understanding the hormone changes going on in the body. Funny – women are always told our discomfort is all in our head – until they come up with a drug to treat it – and then the ‘agonizing pain’ is acknowledged.  For some women Viagra may bring relief.  But beware of the one pill for every ill mentality.  Wonder if study tests were conducted on women on various forms of birth control.  Well, this will be an interesting story to follow.  I’d say Pfizer know has two big markets. One pill – double the profit.

Viagra for women? Blue pills may help alleviate menstrual cramps

Los Angeles Times
By Deborah NetburnDecember 9, 2013, 6:56 p.m.

Viagra 2Viagra may no longer be just for the gentlemen. A new study suggests that those little blue pills may also help women, though not in the way you might think.

Researchers have found that sildenafil citrate, the main ingredient in Viagra, Revatio and other drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction, can also be used to alleviate moderate to severe menstrual cramping in women.

“It seems counterintuitive, but what sildenafil citrate does is dilate blood vessels,” said Richard Legro, a gynecologist at Penn State College of Medicine and one of the authors of the study. “It leads to an erection in men, but in women, we think it can be an effective treatment for acute menstrual pain.”

That agonizing cramping in the pelvic area that many women experience at the start of their period is known in the scientific world as primary dysmenorrhea. It is caused by the excess production of prostaglandins, a lipid compound that tells your muscles when to relax and contract.

The extra prostaglandins that are produced at the time of menstruation are responsible for abnormal uterine contractions as well as increased sensitivity of pain receptors, the researchers explain in a study published in the journal Human Reproduction.

Legro and his colleagues hypothesized that if the blood vessels around the uterus were dilated, then the increased flow of blood might flush out those pain-causing prostaglandins.

“It’s like how a good rain can clear up smog,” Legro said.

To test their theory, the researchers ran a small trial in Croatia with 25 volunteers. The women were between the ages of 18 and 35 and all suffered from menstrual cramps. Some of the women were issued a dose of sildenafil citrate vaginally, while others were given a placebo.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.