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How useful is fish oil in easing menstrual pain?

Asked by Adirondackwannabe (36545points) April 20th, 2010

I was in a health food store and my girlfriend grabbed a couple of newsletters. One had a study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that said 6 grams of fish oil was effective in easing menstrual pain in teens. I hadn’t heard this before, so I thought I would throw it out to see if anyone else had come across any studies.

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ruprup22's avatar

it works wonders but the smell is just a bit offensive. that is unless your man is a sailor, then it wont really matter.

MagsRags's avatar

There’s actually a couple of studies showing benefit from fish oil for dysmenorrhea. In some of the studies, it was combined with vitamin B12. Six grams sounds like a lot though.

Other studies show a good response to taking vitamin E, 500 iu/day, starting 2 days before onset of the period.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I thought six sounded like a lot, but that’s the dose they said was effective. I’m a guy, just trying to help out. My g/f used to have pretty bad cramps, but since we started on fish oil they don’t seem as bad. We started on it for heart reasons.

Luna's avatar

in my experience it works wonderfully

MagsRags's avatar

@Luna do you take it in capsules? How many per day to get to 6 gm?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@MagsRags Nature Valley is one company that makes it. The capsules have two grams each.

RedPowerLady's avatar

I use fish oil for all sorts of reasons. I really love the stuff! Rarely have had menstrual pain. Not sure if it is related but I do know it helps my cognition and mood.

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