Menstrual Pain - What Is It?

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You’ve got those cramps in your lower abdomen every time during your period, right? It’s OK. Almost 80% of women experience menstrual ache, while 5 to 10% say that period pain interferes with their normal life. 

Another name for menstrual cramps is dysmenorrhoea and there are two types. Primary dysmenorrhoea happens before and during the period as a result of womb contractions and it is not caused by any pathologies. Secondary dysmenorrhoea is a signal about the women’s health problems, it might happen on other days of your monthly cycle. 

If your menstrual pain shows up in your mid-twenties or later, or if you have severe aches, consult a GP.  



Period Pain:MedlinePlus

Menstrual Pain:WebMD


Reviewed by Medical expert Lilit Nasibyan, MD

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