Pills and Capsules for Pain Relief
Many women develop pain along with other premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms during the second half of their menstrual cycle and may continue to experience discomfort during the first days of menstruation. Pain from menstrual cramps, headaches and back aches can often be addressed with over-the-counter pain relief products for women.
Available without a prescription, these products contain pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen to provide temporary relief from many types of pain. Many products also contain ingredients to address other PMS symptoms. Examples include diuretics like pamabrom for bloating, stimulants like caffeine for fatigue and antihistamines like diphenhydramine for sleep disturbances.
You can find out what's inside each pain reliever by reading the product description. Be sure to consult your doctor before taking any of these medications.
Soothing Irritation in Intimate Areas
The vulva or skin around the vagina can become easily irritated because it is very delicate. If you're not sure what's causing your discomfort, your doctor can provide you with a diagnosis. Once you know what's responsible for the pain, you may be able to use an over-the-counter product to address it.
For pain due to vaginal dryness related to menopause or other conditions, a vaginal moisturizer can provide relief by replenishing hydration. If you're experiencing chaffing between your thighs or along your groin, a lubricating stick or protective powder can protect the tissue to help it heal.
Other types of pain and itching may be alleviated with topical pain relievers like pramoxine or corticosteroids like hydrocortisone. Your doctor can recommend the right solution for your needs if you're unsure what type of topical product is the best choice.
Natural Ways to Address Discomfort
Some women prefer to take a natural approach to feminine pain relief. There are a number of herbal and homeopathic supplements available that contain natural ingredients that may have the potential to ease discomfort due to PMS. Some herbs commonly used in these products include chasteberry, black cohosh, evening primrose oil, St. John's wort and dandelion leaf. At this time, there’s not enough evidence to confirm that any of these natural supplements are effective. If you're considering adding an herbal supplement to your feminine care routine, it's important to consult your doctor first. back to top »