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Vitamin D Reduces Menstrual Pain and Medication Use


Vitamin D supplementation may decrease pain intensity in patients with painful menstrual cramps, according to a new systematic review and meta-analysis.

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This latest study follows the publication of a previous systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials in 2023, which similarly found that vitamin D may alleviate menstrual cramping.

When given in doses of 50,000 IU per week over a period of 9 weeks, vitamin D supplements have also been shown to improve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in adolescents. In a study carried out by researchers in Iran, the treatment was associated with a reduction in the incidence of several symptoms of PMS.

Other natural approaches that have been shown to be helpful in the control of PMS include the use of vitamin B6 or broad-spectrum micronutrient formulas containing vitamins and minerals, magnesium, and evening primrose oil.

Vitamin D has also been found helpful in improving regularity in the menstrual cycle. Conversely, a decreased level of vitamin D is associated with a significantly higher likelihood of a woman having an irregular cycle.

In other research, vitamin E supplements have been found effective in relieving symptoms of menstrual migraine.

To learn more about ways in which women can benefit from science-based micronutrient supplementation, see this article on our website.