female viagraA team of researchers have claimed that women suffering from moderate to severe menstrual cramps may find relief in a class of erectile dysfunction drugs.

Primary dysmenorrhea, also called PD, is the most common cause of pelvic pain in women.

Sildenafil citrate, sold under the brand name Viagra, may help with pelvic pain because it can lead to dilation of the blood vessels.

The researchers looked at administering sildenafil citrate vaginally, which had not yet been tried, to treat PD.

They compared pain relief from use of sildenafil vaginally with that of a placebo.

Penn State College of Medicine researchers worked with researchers at Nova Gradiska General Hospital in Croatia.

They recruited women 18 to 35 years old who suffered from moderate to severe PD. Of the 29 women screened for the study, 25 were randomized to receive either sildenafil or a placebo drug

Patients rated their pain over four consecutive hours. Sildenafil citrate administered vaginally alleviates acute menstrual pain with no reported side effects.

Researchers hypothesized that the drug would alleviate pain, which it does, but also that is does so by increasing blood flow. However, because uterine blood flow increased from both sildenafil and the placebo, the reason it alleviates pain is not yet known

The study has been published in journal Human Reproduction.

What is Viagra? 

Viagra (Generic Name: Sildenafil citrate) is a drug that treats erectile dysfunction or impotence by increasing blood flow to the penis. The medications are taken a half hour before sex and the effects can last for four to five hours. However the drug has side-effects and it is imperative to talk to your doctor and discuss your entire medical history before taking it.

How does regular Viagra work?

Viagra is a wonder drug that has brought sex and confidence back into the lives of many men suffering from erectile dysfunction. It works by improving the blood flow to the genitals thereby facilitating an erection. It does so by blocking an enzyme called PDE5 in the penis. (Read: Viagra and Erectile Dysfunction)

Will it work for women?

Viagra isn’t actually a drug which helps with arousal. It just improves the blood flow when you’re aroused. Most women face sexual arousal problems for a variety of reasons.Menopausestress, and seeing their children go away are just some of the reasons for their loss of interest in sex. Some experts believed that Viagra should work similarly for women (the way it does for men), engorging the clitoris and making sex more pleasurable. (Things you really ought to know about the clitoris)

A research team separated two groups of women with sexual arousal problems. One group was given the blue pill, the other was simply given a placebo. The research showed that women, who took Viagra, achieved sexual satisfaction more often than those who simply took the placebo. However, the US FDA does not approve the use of conventional Viagra for women. Nor is there any registered pharmaceutical company that manufactures a version of the drug for females. Further research is still necessary, and we certainly hope that in the coming years women facing sexual dysfunction should also get medicinal help the way men  can avail it. 

With inputs from ANI

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