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

Definition of dysmenorrhea

: painful menstruation

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

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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 Plus, its symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions, like irritable bowel syndrome, a condition called dysmenorrhea (or super-painful periods), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and more. Nina Bahadur, Glamour, "Why Do We Know So Little About Endometriosis?," 7 Mar. 2018 In 2017, a review in the journal Magnesium Research stated that magnesium deficiency may play a role in a number of gynecological conditions, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and dysmenorrhea. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "8 Ways to Get Rid of Period Cramps That Actually Work," 2 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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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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to make a temporary encampment

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