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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Taking the Pill could help stop period pain

TAKING the Pill could be a simple solution for thousands of women who suffer "time-of-the-month" pain, a study has shown.

Scientists say they now have "convincing evidence" that the combined oral contraceptive pill alleviates symptoms of painful menstrual periods.

Many GPs already prescribe the Pill to help women plagued by period pain.

The research shows that while period pain declines with age, oral contraceptives have an independent and greater pain-relieving effect.

Swedish doctors questioned three groups of women who reached the age of 19 in 1981, 1991 and 2001.

Each group included around 400 to 520 women who provided information about their menstruation history and contraceptive use. Five years on, at the age of 24, they were assessed again.

One in three of the women reported having less painful periods with the Pill.

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