Viagra: The ED Pill Can Alleviate Premenstrual Syndrome!

Viagra, which is a famous drug for erectile dysfunction in men, is now considered useful for women too. As far as in 2013, American and Croatian scientists proved that sildenafil can alleviate Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS).

Viagra The ED Pill Can Alleviate Premenstrual Syndrome

What is Premenstrual Syndrome?

You hardly can find many women who never had menstrual cramps. Women experience discomfort before their monthly periods, as well as painful menstruations, because of hormonal changes: increasing in premenstrual period, hormone aldosteron causes reabsorption of sodium and water, which may lead to swelling of the tissues and pain, as well irritability, anxiety, headaches and sleeping disorders. The secretion of prostaglandins caused contraction of uterine smooth muscles that also results in a pain (primary dysmenorrhea). If mentioned symptoms are recurrent and come with every menstrual period, it is called premenstrual syndrome.

Common pain killers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often ineffective to relieve menstrual cramps. Based on the assumption that improving blood circulation can help to get rid of this pain, gynecologists undertook some studies on the effectiveness of male ED drug Viagra for PMS treatment in women.

Studies of Sildenafil for PMS

The first studies were based on oral administration of premenstrual syndrome with Viagra. Although sildenafil was found not ineffective for menstrual pain such side effects as headache and fatigue prevented the scientists from applying Viagra as routine treatment for PMS.

Innovative approach of the researchers of Penn State College of Medicine was in using sildenafil vaginally. It was found that 100 mg dose for vaginal administration reduces menstrual pain significantly without most of the mentioned side effects. The effectiveness of the drug was based on increasing the blood flow in the uterus. According to the participants, menstrual pain was alleviated about double in the next 4 hours after intake.

Sildenafil for Sexual Dysfunction in Women

Sildenafil for Sexual Dysfunction in Women

There were also a number of studies on possible treatment of female sexual arousal disorder with Viagra. Though in some cases using sildenafil in women did not show significant improvement, researchers of the University of Mexico have found it effective for antidepressant-associated sexual dysfunction.

Women re prescribed antidepressants twice as often than men, but, at the same time, using antidepressant often suppresses sexual function in women that may result in low libido, lack of sexual desire and decreased pleasure during a sexual intercourse. The placebo controlled study of 98 premenopausal women demonstrated that only 23% of women reported no improvement compared to 73% of those who receive placebo.

It was found that using selective phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors in women increases testosterone and thyroxin level, which has a positive impact for sexual side effects, even if there was no statistical difference in the baseline and end-of-study Hamilton depression scores. Thus, men’s ED drug Viagra can be used for treating sexual dysfunction caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) in women.

Another study was undertaken recently by the researchers from Chicago and Los Angeles. 12-week placebo controlled study of 202 post-menopausal women and women with uteri removed showed significant improvement in sexual arousal, vaginal lubrication and, especially, orgasm.

The study was based on the theory of increased blood flow in female sexual organs. The participants were selected to exclude psychological causes of decreased arousal and relationship issues. The women took 50 or 100 mg doses 1 hour before sexual contact, which should be at least once a week but not more than once a day. The women registered their sexual experiences in personal journals. Neither women, nor their doctor knew who was receiving placebo.

Overall Effect of Sildenafil (Viagra) on Women’s Health

Initially the drug for men, Viagra gradually becomes women’s medicine too.

Summarizing the above, we can that Viagra can be used in women for the following issues:

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and menstrual cramps;
  • As a treatment of SSRI related sexual arousal disorder;
  • For post-menopausal and post-hysterectomy sexual dysfunction.

There were also undertaken some researches to investigate the effectiveness of sildenafil for treatment of female infertility. Often, infertility is connected to the inability of the egg to implant into the uterus because the thin inner lining, which is considered to be improved with increased blood circulation that leads to tissues thickening. Albeit further studies are required, the first results were rather encouraging.

It is believed that Viagra in women increases sensitivity and enhance pleasure during sexual intercourse, thanks to better blood circulation in the tissues. So, now magic blue pill for men does not belong them exclusively, as women proudly take it too for relieving PMS and improving their sexual lives.