An Overview of Dysmenorrhea

Most women at some point during their reproductive lives will experience dysmenorrhea, which simply means a painful period.  The most common symptoms of dysmenorrhea include a dull—or intense—throbbing pain in the lower abdomen.  The pain can also extend through the legs and lower back.  Many women also experience loose stools, headaches, nausea, sweating and vomiting during dysmenorrhea.  For most, having painful periods is just a normal, yet aggravating part of having their periods. For others, however, it can be disruptive to their lives and a sign of a larger problem thus treatment from a medical doctor might be necessary in order to rule out other conditions such as endometriosis, uterine thyroids or pelvic inflammatory disease.

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