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Menstrual Cramps (cont.)

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What is the treatment of secondary dysmenorrhea?

The treatment of secondary dysmenorrhea depends on its cause. There are a number of underlying conditions which can contribute to the pain including:

All of these conditions should be first diagnosed by a physician who will then recommend the optimal treatment.

If a woman begins to experience changes in her menstrual cramps, such as in their severity, timing, or location, she should consult her physician, especially if the changes are of sudden onset.

What is the long-term outlook (prognosis) for menstrual cramps?

In general, a woman's menstrual cramps do not worsen during her lifetime. In fact, the menstrual cramps of primary dysmenorrhea usually diminish with age and after pregnancy.

When there is secondary dysmenorrhea with an underlying condition contributing to the pain, the prognosis depends on the successful treatment of that underlying condition.

As women have learned more about their bodies and how to maintain them in optimal health, menstrual cramps have become less debilitating, and more often, merely a minor monthly inconvenience.

Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCE:

MedscapeReference.
Menstruation Disorders.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/menstrual_cramps/article.htm

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