Dysmenorrhea

ExitCare ImageDysmenorrhea is pain during a menstrual period. You will have pain in the lower belly (abdomen). The pain is caused by the tightening (contracting) of the muscles of the uterus. The pain can be minor or severe. Headache, feeling sick to your stomach (nausea), throwing up (vomiting), or low back pain may occur with this condition.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Place a heating pad or hot water bottle on your lower back or belly. Do not sleep with a heating pad.

  • Exercise may help lessen the pain.

  • Massage the lower back or belly.

  • Stop smoking.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

GET HELP IF:

  • Your pain does not get better with medicine.

  • You have pain during sex.

  • Your pain gets worse while taking pain medicine.

  • Your period bleeding is heavier than normal.

  • You keep feeling sick to your stomach or keep throwing up.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

You pass out (faint).