Dysmenorrhea is a condition in which the menstruation is associated with pain in the abdomen. For many women it is a slight problem, whereas for other the pain is seriously debilitating and significantly compromises the quality of life.


What kind of diseases can be associated with dysmenorrhea?

Diseases that may be associated with dysmenorrhea are the following:

  • Adenomyosis
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Cervical stenosis

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for dysmenorrhea?

Dysmenorrhea can be countered by taking painkillers and heating the affected part. Sometimes it can be useful to take: supplements based on vitamin B1, B6 and E , Omega3 and Magnesium. In addition, physical activity, stress reduction, abstinence from alcohol and tobacco can be effective and reduce the symptoms.

Some women find benefits in complementary approaches such as: acupuncture, acupressure, the TENS treatment and herbal remedies. Sometimes, however, only drugs that require a prescription (especially the contraceptive pill) or surgery can effectively combat this problem.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of dysmenorrhea?

In many cases, dysmenorrhea is not alarming, but if initially the mild symptoms get worse or if it decreases your quality of life, a doctor should be contacted.