Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Primary Dysmenorrhea Overview

What is primary dysmenorrhea?
A woman with primary dysmenorrhea have severe monthly menstrual pain that is not caused by an abnormal uterus, fallopian tube or ovary. In other words, there is no explanation for the monthly pain other than the periods themselves. Primary dysmenorrhea is most common in young women, and symptoms tend to decrease after a woman has a child.

What are the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea?
Symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea include lower abdominal pain, pelvic pain, and nausea, vomiting, and fainting. Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis may travel to the thighs or the back. In most cases, symptoms start several hours prior to the onset of menses and last for up to 72 hours.

How does the doctor treat primary dysmenorrhea?
Treatment for primary dysmenorrhea depends on the severity of symptoms, but usually includes nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, oral contraceptive medication, or vitamin supplements.

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