Study: Viagra May Ease Women’s Menstrual Cramps

by Christopher Freeburn | December 10, 2013 11:12 am

Study: Viagra May Ease Women’s Menstrual Cramps

viagra 300x225 Study: Viagra May Ease Womens Menstrual Cramps[1]It turns out that Pfizer’s (PFE[2]) Viagra has an unexpected benefit for women[3].

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine followed 25 women between the ages of 18 and 35. Some participants in the study were given Viagra vaginally while others were given a placebo. Those who received Viagra reported less menstrual pain compared to those who received the placebo, the Guardian Express notes.

Prior studies have found that Viagra can reduce menstrual discomfort, but the drug can produce headaches, among other side effects, when administered to women orally.

Most women currently rely on over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen to combat menstrual cramps. But Viagra could serve as an alternative for those who cannot tolerate common painkillers.

The researchers caution that more studies will be needed to confirm the effect noted in their research.

Viagra — sildenafil citrate — was first developed in 1989 as a blood pressure treatment. It was later discovered to have other applications in male patients.

Endnotes:
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  2. PFE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PFE
  3. has an unexpected benefit for women: http://guardianlv.com/2013/12/viagra-may-bring-relief-to-women-who-have-menstrual-cramps/

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