Painful Periods

A painful period is also called dysmenorrhea. There are two types of dysmenorrhea known as primary dysmenorrhea and secondary dysmenorrhea. The primary dysmenorrhea is the pain occurring in the lower abdomen before or during the menstrual cycle, in the absence of other diseases. If there are painful periods due to any disorder or infection in the female reproductive system, it is known as secondary dysmenorrhea. Pain from secondary dysmenorrhea can usually begin earlier in the menstrual cycle and lasts longer than the common menstrual cramps.

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Please suggest some solutions for severe pain during periods.

Query: Hi doctor, I experienced severe pain every time I had my periods. I am experiencing pain during the first day of my period. The pain usually takes three to four hours. But when I have tablet Mefenamic acid, the pain only lasts for one to two hours, but sometimes the medicine does not work. I had a c...  Read Full »

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Cyclic pelvic pain or cramps during your period is most often caused by pelvic endometriosis. The probable cause might be endometriotic implants. Ultrasound is not sensitive in its diagnosis. Hence clinical evaluation and history are of utmos...  Read Full »

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