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Dysmenorrhea: Introduction

Dysmenorrhea refers to period pain or menstrual cramping. Some level of period pain is common. On the other hand, some women put up with excessive pain believing it to be normal. Menstrual cramps can be the symptom of numerous other disorders. It is called secondary dysmenorrhea when caused by another disorder. Possible causes include pelvic infection, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and various other conditions....more »

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Causes of Dysmenorrhea:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Dysmenorrhea. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Dysmenorrhea

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Causes of Types of Dysmenorrhea:

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Dysmenorrhea: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Dysmenorrhea, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Dysmenorrhea Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Dysmenorrhea may include:

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Stories from Users for Dysmenorrhea

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Diagnostic tests for Dysmenorrhea:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Dysmenorrhea. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Manual vaginal examination to examine for masses, tenderness or enlarged uterus. If a mass around the ovaries or fallopian tubes is felt may suggest salpingo-oophoritis, endometriosis with a cyst, malignancy ovarian tumor or ectopic pregnancy. If the uterus is felt to be abnormal may suggest fibroids, endometrial cancer, uterine pregnancy, retroverted uterus, endometrial cast or cervical polyp. If considerable tenderness when consider pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and possibly endometriosis
    • Examine for discharge coming from the cervix which suggests pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Dysmenorrhea: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Dysmenorrhea may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Dysmenorrhea

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Dysmenorrhea. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Dysmenorrhea: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Dysmenorrhea

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Hospitals & Clinics: Dysmenorrhea

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Dysmenorrhea: Related Rare Diseases

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Dysmenorrhea: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Causes of Dysmenorrhea listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Dysmenorrhea as a symptom include:

Definitions of Dysmenorrhea:

Painful menstruation.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Painful menstruation
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Detailed list of causes of Dysmenorrhea

The list below shows some of the causes of Dysmenorrhea mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Dysmenorrhea?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Dysmenorrhea. Of the 54 causes of Dysmenorrhea that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 6 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 50 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dysmenorrhea:

The following list of conditions have 'Dysmenorrhea' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

Select from the following alphabetical view of conditions which include a symptom of Dysmenorrhea or choose View All.

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  • Endometrial conditions ... Dysmenorrhoea
  • Endometriosis ... pelvic pain between periods, period pain, excessive menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), excessive menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)


  • Ovarian cysts ... pain during menstruation, painful menstrual periods







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Causes of Dysmenorrhea Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Dysmenorrhea based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

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    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Dysmenorrhea?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Dysmenorrhea, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Dysmenorrhea:

    Menorrhalgia, Menstrual pain
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Dysmenorrhea:

    Subtypes of Dysmenorrhea:

    Menstrual cramps (16 causes), Menstrual pain (28 causes), Painful menstruation (22 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Dysmenorrhea:

    Female sexual symptoms (505 causes), Menstrual irregularities (559 causes), Sexual symptoms (1838 causes), Uterus symptoms (429 causes), Female reproductive symptoms (928 causes), Menstrual symptoms (559 causes), Women's health symptoms (1177 causes), Lower abdominal symptoms (3048 causes), Digestive symptoms (5299 causes), Abdominal symptoms (5930 causes), Bleeding symptoms (1783 causes), Pregnancy symptoms (699 causes), Vaginal symptoms (443 causes), Genital symptoms (986 causes), Intercourse symptoms (258 causes), Mens health symptoms (291 causes), Female genital symptoms (529 causes)

    Symptoms related to Dysmenorrhea:

    Menstrual cramps (16 causes), Amenorrhea (287 causes), Vaginal bleeding (147 causes), Menstrual symptoms (559 causes), Heavy periods (78 causes), Vaginal symptoms (443 causes), Normal menstrual cycles, Primary Dysmenorrhea, Secondary Dysmenorrhea, Pelvic inflammatory disease (28 causes), Endometriosis, Fibroids (5 causes), Adenomyosis (3 causes), Premenstrual syndrome (17 causes)

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    Medical News summaries about Dysmenorrhea

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