For the majority of sufferers, period pain can be successfully treated at home using over-the-counter painkillers, such as Ibuprofen and Aspirin. However, Ibuprofen and Aspirin should be avoided if you suffer from stomach or kidney problems, or if you have asthma. In these circumstances, Paracetamol would be the suitable alternative. If over-the-counter pain-relief is proving ineffective, your GP can prescribe you a stronger painkiller, such as Naproxen.
Your doctor may suggest using the combined oral contraceptive pill. These pills can relieve period pain because they reduce the thickness of the womb’s lining. A thinner lining means the womb’s muscles do not have to contract as much in order to shed away your monthly period. The combined contraceptive pill also has the added benefit of reducing the amount of prostaglandins released by the body. Prostaglandins are pain-triggering chemicals.
If the combined contraceptive pill proves to be unsuitable, contraceptive implants or injections may be a good alternative.