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Period pain (dysmenorrhoea)

Period pain is very common, especially in teenagers and young adults. Most women who have period pain do not have a disease or problem that is causing it, and the pain gets better as they get older. There are several treatments you can try to reduce the pain – talk to your doctor about what might work for you.

In a few cases, period pain is caused by another problem in a woman's pelvis. This tends to happen to women in their 30s and 40s. If this happens to you, you might need some tests to find the cause, and treatment will depend on what the tests show.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Canterbury DHB. Updated November 2016.

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