OK, I admit that this is far from my favourite topic. However, if ever there was a topic in need of some explanation, it’s period pain. Period pain, in medical vernacular, is called primary dysmenorrhoea. ‘Menorrhoea’ refers to menstruation, ‘dys’ means something’s wrong (as in, ‘dysfunction’) and ‘primary’ basically means that there’s no obvious other cause for the problem, such as pelvic pathology.
The vast majority of women that experience pain during their period, which is about 2 out of 3 women, have primary dysmenorrhoea. It is thought to result from excessive uterine muscle contractions.
It would be a fair assumption to say that if you’re reading this article, you (or someone close to you) suffer from dysmenorrhoea. However, for the uninitiated, dysmenorrhoea is usually experienced as crampy and intermittent abdominal pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, dizziness or back pain.