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Vitamin D may ease menstrual cramps

Posted on: March 7, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD


Painful periods or dysmenorrhea have always been a common problem for women. Millions of women suffer 4-7 days of severe abdominal cramps together with irritability, insomnia, depression, and generalized pain requiring medications like ibuprofen and antidepressants. Dr. Antonio Lasco and colleagues at the University of Messina in Italy took the first step in what I predict will be a major trip forward in relieving the suffering of these women by publishing their results from yet another randomized controlled trial.

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3 Responses to Vitamin D may ease menstrual cramps

  1. [email protected]

    This article resulted in the following blog post on pain
    Quick summary
    PAIN has been found to be associated with low vitamin D for decades
    People have been using vitamin D to relieve pain for hundreds of years
    Double blind clinical trials are now proving that Vitamin D reduces many kinds of pains
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    A related post: take vitamin D daily or weekly, not quarterly nor annually
    Includes a chart of benefits vs dosing frequency

  2. gerardalferez

    Last month, I suggested to a 34-year old friend to take 5000 IU of Vit D daily due to her dysmenorrhea which she has been suffering from since her teens. Last Feb, only after few weeks of taking Vit D, her menstrual cramps lessened dramatically. This month, I’m happy to report that she did not suffer any pain at all which she attributed to Vit D.
    It’s interesting thing to note that Vit D supplementation still helps even though we’re living in a tropical country like the Philippines.

  3. Rita and Misty

    Greetings VDC, I’m trying to open the links to the journal articles included in Dr. Cannell’s blog, but for some reason these links don’t open correctly. I have someone who is interested reading the journal articles. Please would it be possible to have these articles? Many thanks!

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