You can't afford to be sidelined every month due to symptoms that accompany your menstrual period. Fortunately, there are ways that you may be able to alleviate the discomfort of menstrual cramps, bloating and other symptoms of menstruation. Over-the-counter medications and natural remedies are two options, and CVS carries a wide range of these menstrual relief products to meet your needs. Check out the options now and enjoy the convenience of easy online shopping with shipping to your door.
Menstrual cramps are a very common problem related to menstruation. Often, menstrual cramps begin 1 to 3 days before a period begins and last for 2 to 3 days after the onset of menstruation. During that time, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers to ease discomfort. Often, doctors recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen for cramps. These drugs interfere with pain chemicals called prostaglandins and ease both discomfort and inflammation. Acetaminophen is also used in some instances. This drug reduces pain without easing inflammation and is gentler to the stomach than NSAIDs.
Bloating of the stomach and lower abdomen is another common problem associated with menstruation. This occurs because the body naturally holds onto water during menstruation. Water retention can be addressed with over-the-counter diuretic medications like pamabrom. Diuretics cause the body to release excess water through urination.
For women who experience multiple symptoms of menstruation, combination over-the-counter medications are available. These drugs typically contain an NSAID or acetaminophen for pain as well as a diuretic to reduce water retention. Some products also contain caffeine, which may boost energy levels.
If you prefer a more natural approach to menstrual relief, there are products available to meet your needs. Natural menstrual relief products typically contain ingredients that are used in the alternative healing system of homeopathy. These products are not evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and there is not enough evidence to prove that any natural product can provide menstrual cramp relief for every woman who uses it.
Although you can purchase over-the-counter menstrual relief products without a prescription from your doctor, it is still wise to discuss your concerns with your medical provider before taking any medication. Severe menstrual cramps can be an indication of underlying medical problems, so it's best to have an exam before trying to self-treat with over-the-counter drugs. Your health care provider can recommend the best menstrual cramp relief product for your specific needs and help you reduce your risk of experiencing side effects from medications. Always follow the directions for use printed on the pain reliever unless your doctor gives you other advice.