Put the Heat on Menstrual Pain

February 1, 2003

A nondrug remedy for menstrual discomfortis to apply a heating pad tothe lower abdomen when symptomsbegin.

A nondrug remedy for menstrual discomfort is to apply a heating pad to the lower abdomen when symptoms begin. This treatment has fewer adverse effects than NSAID therapy and may also provide faster relief.1 It is particularly helpful for women who cannot tolerate NSAIDs.
- Gopi Rana-Mukkavilli, MD
    West Windsor, NJ

References:

REFERENCE:


1.

Akin MD, Weingand KW, Hengehold DA, et al.Continuous low-level topical heat in the treatment ofdysmenorrhea.

Obstet Gynecol.

2001;97:343-349.