If you are one of the thousands of females who suffer every month with dysmenorrhea (painful menses), you may want to try Pycnogenol, a pine bark extract. Numerous studies show that Pycnogenol decreases pain and the need for pain medication in females who experience menstrual pain. In one study, it also reduced the pain of endometriosis by 33 %.
Dysmenorrhea is the leading cause of short term school absence in teenage girls. Pycnogenol is pine bark extract developed by French researchers. It is high in antioxidants, which play a role in reducing inflammation and repairing and protecting the cells of the body. No dangerous side effects have been observed with its use. Pyconogenol is high in vitamins A, C, E and the mineral selenium.