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Dysmenorrhea Treatments


The treatment of secondary dysmenorrhea varies depending on the underlying condition (for example, antibiotics for an infection or surgery to remove fibroids).

Primary dysmenorrhea is usually treated with medications and lifestyle changes.


  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Oral contraceptives

Other Treatments

  • Using a heating pad on your abdomen or taking a warm bath can relieve discomfort.
  • Some herbs and supplements may be helpful, such as B1 , magnesium , and Chinese Herbal Medicine .
    • Talk to your doctor before taking any herbs and supplements. They may interact with your other medications and conditions.
  • Acupuncture can reduce pain. *

If you are diagnosed with dysmenorrhea, follow your doctor's instructions.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2021 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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