dysmenorrhea


dys·men·or·rhea

noun \(ˌ)dis-ˌme-nə-ˈrē-ə\

Definition of DYSMENORRHEA

:  painful menstruation
dys·men·or·rhe·ic \-ˈrē-ik\ adjective

Origin of DYSMENORRHEA

New Latin
First Known Use: circa 1810

dys·men·or·rhea

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DYSMENORRHEA

: painful menstruation—see spasmodic dysmenorrhea
dys·men·or·rhe·ic or chiefly British dys·men·or·rhoe·ic \-ˈrē-ik\ adjective

Variants of DYSMENORRHEA

dys·men·or·rhea or chiefly British dys·men·or·rhoea \(ˌ)dis-ˌmen-ə-ˈrē-ə\

dysmenorrhea

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Pain or cramps before or during menstruation. In primary dysmenorrhea, caused by endocrine imbalances, severity varies widely. Irritability, fatigue, backache, or nausea may also occur. Long assumed to be psychosomatic, it is now known to be due to excess prostaglandins, which contract the uterus, causing cramps. Pain relievers that block prostaglandin formation can decrease its severity, which may also be eased after childbearing. Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by other disorders, including genital obstructions, pelvic inflammation, infection, polyps, or tumours. Treatment is directed toward the underlying disorder.

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