Dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea is pain during a menstrual period. The pain is caused by the tightening (contracting) of the muscles of the uterus. 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 (abdomen). Do not sleep with a heating pad.

  • Exercise may help lessen the pain.

  • Massage the lower back or belly.

  • Stop smoking.

  • Avoid alcohol or caffeine.

  • Try yoga or acupuncture.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your pain does not get better with medicine.

  • Your pain gets worse while taking pain medicine.

  • You have a fever.

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

  • Your pain moves to your upper belly.

  • Your period bleeding is heavier than normal.

  • You pass out (faint).

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.