Taking zinc supplements reduces severity and duration of period pain in young women, new research shows.
The research, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, investigated the use of oral zinc sulphate for three months to treat primary dysmenorrhea.
Period pain or dysmenorrhoea is a common complaint for many young women. Often experienced as cramps in the lower abdomen during menstruation, these cramps can also be associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and dizziness. When it the pain is not associated with any other pelvic pathology it is referred to as primary dysmennorhoea (PD).
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