Primary dysmenorrhoea

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Abstract

Dysmenorrhoea literally means painful menstrual flow and refers to cramping lower abdominal pain occurring with the onset of menstrual flow. In cases of primary dysmenorrhoea the pain commences during the teenage years and occurs in the absence of any pelvic disease. In contrast, secondary dysmenorrhoea usually commences later in life and results from some kind of underlying problem like endometriosis. This paper investigates the prevalence, aetiology, the distinction of primary and secondary dysmenorrhoea and treatments that can be offered to women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-210
Number of pages4
JournalWomen's Health Medicine
Volume3
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2006

Keywords

  • endometriosis
  • menstruation
  • primary dysmenorrhoea

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