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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is functional dysmenorrhea?

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for period pains. It can be divided into primary or secondary. Primary or functional dysmenorrhea is the common menses cramps/pain that come recur and is not due to other diseases. Secondary dysmenorhea is due to problems with the reproductive system. Functional dysmenorrhea is usually diagnosed only after other investigations (e.g. ultrasound) do not find any abnormalities responsible for the pain.

Symptoms of functional dysmenorrhea

  • Painful menstrual cramps

  • Pain in the pelvis- the lowest part of the abdomen, between the belly button and groin

  • Lower abdominal pain

  • Headache

  • Easily fatigued

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Abdominal pain

  • Weakness in arms or legs

Questions your doctor may ask to check for functional dysmenorrhea

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose functional dysmenorrhea

  • Do you have severe menstrual cramps?

  • Do you feel pain in your pelvis?

  • Do you have pain in the lower part of your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you get tired easily?

Treatment for functional dysmenorrhea

Usually, painkillers or oral contraceptive pills can help with the symptoms of functional dysmenorrhea. Usually, several investigations are required to ensure there are no causes for the pain.

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