Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea) Treatment

Menstruation is an important part of the female reproductive system. That being said, some women experience immense pain during their monthly period. Often referred to as painful periods or menstrual cramps, these issues are medically known as dysmenorrhea.

Request information about dysmenorrhea treatment today: call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Symptoms of Dysmenorrhea

Some amount of discomfort can be expected during the monthly period of menstruation, extreme dysmenorrheacan debilitating and may be a sign of a larger illness or condition.

The most common symptoms of dysmenorrhea include:

Not every woman suffering from dysmenorrhea experiences all of these symptoms. These issues may also vary in severity and intensity depending on the root cause of the pain.

Causes of Dysmenorrhea

There can be many different causes of dysmenorrhea and menstrual cramps. Mild, expected dysmenorrhea is created by uterus contractions, a necessary function of menstruation. More serious menstrual cramps, however, can have other causes.

Others causes of painful periods include:

Dysmenorrhea Treatment

Determining the cause of dysmenorrhea can be done with a number of advanced methods. This process typically begins with a simple pelvic exam, to see if the dysmenorrhea may stem from a disease or illness. Other testing methods include:

After the cause is discovered, treatment may begin. The type of treatment varies depending on the nature of the condition. For minor cases of menstrual cramps, simple over-the-counter pain medication may be successful. When the cause is hormonal in nature, low dose birth control may be recommended.

Surgery is typically a last resort option, but may be necessary in cases of endometriosis, uterine fibroids or stenosis.

Request More Information Today

Dysmenorrhea, also known as painful periods or menstrual cramps, can make life incredibly difficult. If you would like to know more about dysmenorrhea treatment, call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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