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  • Dysmenorrhoea is the term used to describe painful periods.
  • Period pain from your first period or shortly after, and without a specific cause, is known as primary dysmenorrhoea. 
  • Period pain caused by certain reproductive disorders, such as endometriosis, adenomyosis or fibroids, is known as secondary dysmenorrhoea. 
  • Treatment options for primary dysmenorrhoea include pain-relieving medication, anti-inflammatory medication, the oral combined contraceptive pill, heat (such as a hot water bottle), regular exercise and relaxation techniques.

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Reviewed on: 15-10-2018