Painful Periods | Dysmenorrhea | Severe Cramps

Dysmenorrhea is the medical term for recurrent menstrual cramps. Although cramping is common for many women, about 10% women experience severe, nearly debilitating pain. There are two types of dysmenorrhea: primary and secondary. Primary dysmenorrhea refers to cramps that come back every month and are not caused by another disorder. Secondary dysmenorrhea refers to menstrual pain that is caused by a secondary reproductive disorder.