Dysmenorrhea is a painful menstrual condition that usually includes severe cramps. This condition can be caused by severe contractions of the uterus during menstruation or by an underlying condition.
Cramping during your period can be caused by severe contractions of the uterus during menstruation or by an underlying condition. Because painful periods can resemble other conditions, it is important to be seen by a doctor.
If your daughter has painful periods, her doctor will first take a medical history and conduct a physical exam. The doctor may ask your daughter to keep a record of her pain – when and where it occurs, how long it lasts, and how it’s relieved.
Additional tests may include:
Painful periods may be caused by:
Treatment for dysmenorrhea depends on your daughter’s age and overall health. For painful periods, treatment can include:
In the rare instance that the pain is caused by an abnormally shaped uterus, surgical treatment may be recommended.