Menstrual pain – when to eliminate and when to investigate

  • Sumari Davis Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: mentrual pain, dysmenorrhoea,


Menstrual pain, also known as dysmenorrhoea, occurs in as many as one out of two women and up to one in ten women have severe symptoms. Pain is experienced as a throbbing or cramping pain in the lower abdomen, before and during the menstrual period. Although common, symptoms are usually treated effectively with simple analgesics. This article discusses some of the causes of menstrual pain, treatment options and guidelines on when to refer patients for further evaluation.

Author Biography

Sumari Davis, Amayeza Information Centre
BPharm Amayeza Information Services
Women's Health