Painful menstrual periods

Alternative Names

Menstruation – painful; Dysmenorrhea; Periods – painful; Cramps – menstrual; Menstrual cramps

Definition of Painful menstrual periods

Painful menstrual periods are periods in which a woman experiences crampy lower abdominal pain, sharp pain that comes and goes, aching pain, or possibly back pain.

Review

Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 9/2/2009

Female reproductive anatomy
Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
Relieving PMS
Uterus

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