Menstrual Cramps Linked to Low Levels of Vitamin D

Menstrual Cramps Linked to Low Levels of Vitamin DIt has been seen these days that most of the doctors recommend pills for getting relief from menstrual cramps. In fact, tablets and drugs are commonly used for birth control as well. To keep people away from painkillers and other pills, a small study was conducted recently and it was revealed that vitamin D3 can help all those women who are beleaguered by menstrual cramps. It also hopes this dietary supplement to become an alternative for all those lethal painkillers and drugs in the coming time.

But then at the same time, the study says that this treatment involves a mega-dose of vitamin D, which means 300,000 IUs, so it is urged by the experts not to try out the treatment at home at all. According to Dr. JoAnn Manson, the head of the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the research is still going on to find out the positive and negative impacts of such high doses of Vitamin D. He further explains that menstrual cramping is a common problem for all those women who are still in their reproductive age. There are some who suffer from primary dysmenorrhea, and for them menstrual cramping acts like an underlying disease.

There is no doubt in saying that painkillers and other oral contraceptives help in getting relief from the menstrual pain, but then these drugs also have side effects and do not treat the patient with a long-term relief. Therefore, these cannot be considered as an all time solution to this problem.

According to scientists, prostaglandins are the substances that are responsible for those distressing cramps. Vitamin D tends to decrease the production of these substances along with other inflammation-provoking molecules like cytokines.