Women are open to using cannabis to treat gynecological conditions

Published Nov 27, 2020 01:00 p.m. ET
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Men may be the ones who are willing to be a bit more open about their cannabis consumption, but women are more likely to use it for medical purposes. This has been demonstrated time and time again through various pain management studies over the years, but until now, very few have focused on their use for gynecological conditions. One recent survey has revealed that women are open to the possibility of using the benefits of the plant to treat gynecological conditions, and that's not all.

The survey

According to the survey published in the Journal of Women's Health, a significant number of women who had never used cannabis before were interested in trying it to treat gynecological pain. A slightly smaller number said that they'd also consider it for more severe procedural pain or a variety of different gynecological conditions.

It might seem like quite a shock to see that so many women who want to use cannabis as a pain medication have yet to try it, but the results from this study clarified one major barrier, and that was a lack of support. Be it family members who disapprove, a doctor who doesn't feel comfortable signing off on the treatment, or some other personal issue with trying such a stigmatized treatment.

A lack of support combined with non-existent clinical guidelines is a major barrier for women who would like to use cannabis instead of or in conjunction with regular prescribed pain medication to manage symptoms and discomfort.

Those who do choose to use cannabis often do so against a practitioner's advice, with limited financial means or guidance. Yet, women still report a significant reduction in pain and other common symptoms of gynecological conditions. Meaning it works, and how efficient it may be, could only be enhanced with further research.

What are gynecological conditions?

If you're wondering which conditions specifically may be treated with the assistance of cannabis, then this is the perfect list for you. Some of the most common gynecological conditions include but are not limited to:

General gynecological issues

  • Genital tract infection
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Vulva and vagina skin disorders
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Pelvic pain
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis

Menopause

  • Osteoporosis
  • Symptomatic treatment
  • Postmenopausal bleeding

Other

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Gynecological cancers
  • Gynecological lesions

Menstrual disorders

  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Menstrual pain
  • Heavy bleeding

Pelvic floor disorders

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • ·Recurring urinary tract infection

In conclusion

It is incredible to learn how much women are currently using or thinking about using cannabis to treat conditions that we would normally prescribe addictive and side effect-laden pain medication to treat. Still, the science isn't in on all of this just yet, so if you try it yourself, it is important to moderate your expectations accordingly.

We need more research because until we know how much of which strains and how frequently dosing might be required for each case. It will be hard to achieve complete relief without dedicating several months to experimentation with treatment until you find something that truly works for you. This is why, despite all that we already know, cannabis research is essential for the future of natural medicine to be successful.

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