What is Dysmenorrhea?
The ACOG definition of Dysmenorrhea is of any pain during menstruation.
50% of all women will experience some degree of Dysmenorrhea, 40% will experience severe and/or debilitating menstrual pain, 10% of Dysmenorrhea is due to a physical problem such as a tumor, mass, or endometriosis.
There are two types of Dysmenorrhea; Primary and Secondary.
Primary Dysmenorrhea is the most common, and can start as early as a women's first menstrual cycle. This type of Dysmenorrhea is caused by Prostaglandin produced in the Uterus. Typically it diminishes over time or after childbirth. This type of Dysmenorrhea is usually mild menstrual cramping that begins a few days before the period starts as the levels of prostaglandin rises, and peaks at the first day of bleeding and stops a few days after the period starts as the lining of the uterus is shed.
Secondary Dysmenorrhea is less common and is associated with a disorder in the reproductive system. This type of Dysmenorrhea is characterized by pain that lasts longer than Primary Dysmenorrhea, often lasting past the end of the menstrual flow. Typically is begins later in life and becomes worse over time.
The most common physical disorders than attribute to Secondary Dysmenorrhea include:
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