Chronic Pain Risk Associated with Menstrual Period Pain

Chronic Pain Risk Associated With Menstrual Period Pain

The purpose of this study is to determine if some women with dysmenorrhea (painful periods) are at higher future risk of developing chronic pelvic pain (CPP) and if oral contraceptives (OC) can be used to reverse this chronic pain risk. Investigators will examine whether dysmenorrhea produces CPP via repetitive cross organ sensitization (COS) episodes. The use of cyclical OCs to eliminate dysmenorrhea is expected to reduce COS and decrease the risk of developing CPP.

Pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Drug - microgestin 1/20

Cyclic OC Use - Participants will ingest pills containing active hormones for 21 days followed by 7 days of no pills, and then the cycle will repeat Continuous OC use - Pills containing hormones will be taken every day for 1 year

Deciphering the Hormonal and Nociceptive Mechanisms Underlying Bladder Pain