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dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
 
Dysmenorrhea is a condition characterized by severe uterine pain during menstruation.  The condition can feature many types of pain, including sharp, dull, throbbing, or other type of pain. 
 
Symptoms
Symptoms may include:
 
Causes
Causes may include:
 
Treatments
Treatment may include:
  • treatment of the underlying cause
  • anti-inflammatory medication
 
Types
Types include:
  • primary dysmenorrhea - has no physical abnormality and usually begins six months to a year after menstruation begins
  • secondary - involves an underlying physical cause, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids

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