Dysmenorrhea syndrome

  • Painful menstrual cycles
  • May affect entire body
  • Symptoms may include cramping abdominal pain prior to and during menstrual cycle, diarrhea and headaches
  • Caused most often by changes in hormones but may be related to physical abnormality or birth control devices
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects females only
  • Can occur at any age following the start of the first menstrual cycle
  • May be mild to severe pain and can be emotionally difficult
  • Not life threatening

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Use hot baths, hot water bottle or heating pad to relax muscles
  • Herbal teas: such as chamomile; mint; raspberry; blackberry can help
  • Regular exercise
  • Empty bladder when you have the urge and as soon as possible
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
  • Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
    • Ibuprofen
    • Naproxen
    • Aspirin
  • Dietary supplements
      • Vitamin E
      • Thiamin
      • Omega-3

 

ALTERNATIVE THERAPY

  • Stress reduction, such as yoga, massage, and meditation
  • Acupuncture

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Avoid smoking
  • Limit intake of alcohol, caffeine, salt and sweets
  • Eat balanced meals including fruits, and vegetables
  • Reduce stress

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF

  • You become pregnant
  • Even with home treatment your pain gets worse
  • Cramps that last longer than your period
  • Symptoms become more frequent or severe
  • You start having a fever, nausea, vomiting, and/or vaginal discharge

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