dys·​men·​or·​rhea | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌme-nə-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce dysmenorrhea (audio) \

Definition of dysmenorrhea

: painful menstruation

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Other Words from dysmenorrhea

dysmenorrheic \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌme-​nə-​ˈrē-​ik How to pronounce dysmenorrheic (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web For many adolescents — and adults — with dysmenorrhea, the cornerstone of successful treatment is hormones. Perri Klass, New York Times, "Helping Teenagers With Menstrual Pain," 3 Feb. 2020 Cramps caused by anything other than menstruation are called secondary dysmenorrhea. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Having Cramps After Your Period Isn't 'Normal'," 25 June 2019 Secondary dysmenorrhea can be caused by uterine fibroids, cysts, or polyps. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Having Cramps After Your Period Isn't 'Normal'," 25 June 2019 Secondary dysmenorrhea can come with a number of symptoms. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Having Cramps After Your Period Isn't 'Normal'," 25 June 2019 The sensation of painful menstrual cramps (or dysmenorrhea) usually occurs before your cycle begins or during the first few days. Shanelle Drakeford, Allure, "How to Alleviate Period Cramps, According to Doctors," 8 July 2018 Because qi helps the blood flow easily, stagnation can lead to delayed periods with clots and pain (dysmenorrhea) or periods that don’t come at all (amenorrhea). Jen Hubley Luckwaldt, Good Housekeeping, "I Tried Acupuncture To Get Pregnant And This Is What It Was Like," 28 Dec. 2017 About 50% of women of reproductive age deal with period pain, medically known as dysmenorrhea. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "8 Ways to Get Rid of Period Cramps That Actually Work," 2 Mar. 2018 Primary dysmenorrhea, on the other hand, refers to menstrual pain not due to any evident pathology. Maya Dusenbery, Teen Vogue, "Endometriosis Is Going Undiagnosed Due to the Normalization of Menstrual Pain," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dysmenorrhea

circa 1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysmenorrhea

borrowed from New Latin, from dys- dys- + menorrhea, menorrhoea "menstrual flow," from meno- meno- + -rrhea, rrhoea -rrhea

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The first known use of dysmenorrhea was circa 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Dysmenorrhea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysmenorrhea. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British dysmenorrhoea \ (ˌ)dis-​ˌmen-​ə-​ˈrē-​ə How to pronounce dysmenorrhoea (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysmenorrhea

: painful menstruation — see spasmodic dysmenorrhea

Other Words from dysmenorrhea

dysmenorrheic or chiefly British dysmenorrhoeic \ -​ˈrē-​ik How to pronounce dysmenorrhoeic (audio) \ adjective

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