Viagra for women? ED treatment may help with menstrual cramps

Viagra for women? ED treatment may help with menstrual cramps

Erectile dysfunction (ED) medications may be able to provide a health benefit for women: they may help treat menstrual cramps.

Researchers led by Dr. Richard S. Legro, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and public health sciences at Penn State’s Milton S. Hersey Medical Center in Hersey, Pa., have found that vaginally-administered ED treatments may be able to help alleviate the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea (PD), or pain during menstruation.

“If future studies confirm these findings, sildenafil (Viagra) may become a treatment option for patients with PD,” Legro said in a press release.

PD is the most common source of pelvic pain for women. The symptoms can be treated by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen. However, not all women can take ibuprofen, and if it the medication is used frequently it can lead to ulcers and kidney damage.

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