JOHN BAVOSI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN BAVOSI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Menstrual pain. Artwork of female reproductive organs with concentric circles around the uterus representing the pain of dysmenorrhoea. In the lower left are the vagina and cervix. On either side of the uterus are the fallopian tubes and ovaries, with developing egg cells. Dysmenorrhoea, or painful menstruation, is suffered by at least 75% of women at some time in life. It is typically felt as a cramp-like pain in the lower abdomen, which may come and go in waves and is sometimes accompanied by vomiting. Primary dysmenorrhoea affects young women and usually disappears by about age 25. Secondary dysmenorrhoea begins in adult life and is due to an underlying disorder.
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