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Lloydspharmacy Reveals Couples Beleaguered by Monthly Cramps
Date:12/24/2010

COVENTRY, England, Dec. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from Lloydspharmacy reveals that whilst an overwhelming number of women suffer from menstrual cramps, male partners' sympathy levels at that time of the month appear to be lacking. Although 87% of men claim to be very or fairly compassionate, a quarter of women (25%) who have suffered discomfort with 'Mother Nature's gift' say their partners are unsympathetic.

The survey shows that period pain plagues nine in 10 women (89%) yet one in five (19%) has suffered in silence at home because of an unsympathetic partner. However it may be a case of actions speaking louder than words as, although many men claim to be considerate, nearly half (42%) admitted they try to stay out of their partner's way when 'aunt dot' comes to stay.

In light of this, it is unsurprising that one in six (16%) women said that period pain has resulted in an argument with their partner.  This is especially true for those women who suffer severe pain every month, with:

- Nearly two thirds (61%) stating their period is extremely or very painful

- Half said they've been doubled over in pain

- One in five have been physically sick

- A quarter have taken sick leave from work

Melinda Setanoians, prescribing pharmacist at Lloydspharmacy, said: "Many women clearly suffer quite badly – so much so that it appears to be affecting the harmony of their relationships. There is a wide choice of painkillers available but some women prefer an alternative to medication or a way in which to supplement it. We are the only high street retailer in the UK to offer a highly effective, drug-free period pain reliever device. It uses TENS technology to ease pain, similar to the machines that people use for back pain and that women use in the early stag
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