Home treatment can ease menstrual period pain and Reference anemia Opens New Window that may be linked to uterine fibroids.
Tips for relieving menstrual pain
Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) are one of the most common symptoms of fibroids.
Why fibroids cause pain is not known. Try one or more of the following tips to help relieve your menstrual pain:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, help relieve menstrual cramps and pain.
- Apply heat to the lower abdomen by using a heating pad or hot water bottle or taking a warm bath. Heat improves blood flow and may improve pelvic pain.
- Lie down and elevate your legs by putting a pillow under your knees. This may help relieve pain.
- Lie on your side and bring your knees up to your chest. This will help relieve back pressure.
- Use pads instead of tampons.
- Get exercise, which improves blood flow and may decrease pain.
Tips for preventing anemia
Anemia occurs when your body cannot produce blood as fast as it is being lost. As a result, you have fewer red blood cells in the blood. A test called a complete blood count (CBC) can tell you whether you have anemia. Reference Increasing the amount of iron in your diet may help prevent anemia.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 14, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Divya Gupta, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology