Analgesics are medicines that alleviate pain.

There are multiple categories of analgesics:

  • Simple analgesics
    • Paracetamol (e.g Panadol, Panamax)
    • Aspirin (e.g Aspro, Aspro clear)
  • Anti-inflammatory: Designed to reduce inflammation and therefore decrease pain associated with pelvic disorders
    • Ponstan
    • Diclofenac Sodium (e.g Voltaren)
    • Naproxen Sodium (e.g Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
    • Ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen)
    • Simple analgesics can be taken in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications; this conjunction enhances their efficacy and therefore reduces pelvic pain considerably.
  • Weak opioids: Most are over the counter medications that can be taken orally.
    • Codeine phosphate (e.g. Panadeine, Panadeine forte (must be prescribed by a doctor), Nurofen plus)
    • Dextropropoxyphe hydrochloride and Paracetamol (e.g. Pradex, Di-gesic)
  • Stronger opioids: Taken orally or as an injectable, which is provided by a specialist.
    • Endone
    • Oxycodone (e.g OxyContin)
    • Pethidine hydrochloride
    • Morphine (Avinza, MS contin, Oramorph SR)

Cautions against anti-inflammatory and opioid medication: Long term use of opioid and anti-inflammatory medication can lead to dependency and decrease the effects of the medication due to a developed tolerance.

Antidepressants: Low dose antidepressants can also act as a pain relief for pelvic pain

  • Endep 10-25 mg at night

Alternative medicine for pelvic pain relief:

  • Naturopathic products
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Dietary changes
  • Physical activity
  • Massage

Please consult your naturopath for further alternative medicine options