Tips for relieving pelvic pain

Painful menstrual periods (dysmenorrhea) are the most common symptom of endometriosis. To relieve pain:

  • Try a nonprescription medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Apply heat, such as a heating pad, hot water bottle, or warm bath, to the lower abdomen. Heat improves blood flow and may relieve pelvic pain.
  • Lie down and elevate your legs by placing a pillow under your knees. When lying on your side, bring your knees up to your chest to relieve back pressure.
  • Use relaxation techniques and biofeedback. See the topic Stress Management.
  • Exercise regularly. It improves blood flow, increases certain pain-relieving substances naturally produced by the body (endorphins), and reduces pain.
  • Try sexual activity, which may relieve pelvic cramping and backache but also may make pain from endometriosis worse.

Last Updated: July 28, 2009

related physicians

related services

Bon Secours International| Sisters of Bon Secours USA| Bon Secours Health System

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Privacy Policy. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2010 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.