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Viagra for menstrual cramps

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Viagra may be of benefit to women if this first, small study can be replicated in larger research.

The active ingredient in Viagra works by increasing blood flow which besides helping men with sexual performance can also act a pain reliever.

Experts at the Penn State College of Medicine studied 25 women who experienced menstrual cramps. The researchers thought the drug might help women who don't respond to ibuprofen.

They found those treated with Viagra reported more pain relief even though those given placebo also felt better. The drug, sildenafil citrate, was given to the women vaginally. Past studies show those who took it orally reported pain relief, but also got more headaches.

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