from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Painful menstruation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Painful menstruation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Difficult and painful menstruation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, difficult or laborious menstruation; catamenial discharges accompanied with much local pain, especially in the loins.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. painful menstruation


New Latin : dys- + Greek mēn, month; see mē-2 in Indo-European roots + -rrhea.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • HENSLEY: Osteoarthritis, primary dysmenorrhea, which is menstrual periods and rheumatoid arthritis, the pain associated with those conditions.

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  • The research, published Tuesday in the journal Human Reproduction, studied women over a 30-year period to confirm whether combination oral contraception pills do indeed alleviate symptoms of painful menstrual periods, known as dysmenorrhea.

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  • This can bring on different aspects of pain, such as dysmenorrhea - painful, sometimes disabling cramps during menses; pain may get worse over time (progressive pain), also lower back pains linked to the pelvis, chronic pelvic pain - typically accompanied by lower back pain or abdominal pain, dyspareunia - painful sex, dysuria - urinary urgency, frequency, and sometimes painful voiding.

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  • This includes reasons such as acne, primary dysmenorrhea, prevention of migraines, fibroids, excessive pelvic pain, bleeding and other "side effects" of menstruation.

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  • Although clinical trials have found no evidence that spinal manipulation is an effective treatment for asthma, hypertension, or dysmenorrhea, spinal manipulation may be as effective as some medications for both migraine and tension headaches and may offer short-term benefits to those suffering from neck pain.

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  • Besides dysmenorrhea, the patient has no complaints—

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  • Thousands visited the springs hoping for cures for afflictions including (according to one 1821 inventory) “Habitual Costiveness,” “Depraved appetite,” “Calculous and nephritic complaints,” “Cutaneous eruptions,” “Some species or states of gout,” “Some species of dropsy,” scrofula, amenorrhea, and dysmenorrhea.

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  • As you and the people you live with are fully aware, the menstrual cycle can come with a fair share of side effects—the most common of which is known as “primary dysmenorrhea.”

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  • Columbia Laboratories tumbled 27% after announcing that data from its clinical trial of lidocaine for the treatment of dysmenorrhea showed no significant difference in pain intensity between the drug and a placebo.

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  • Though Columbia Laboratories said data from its clinical trial of lidocaine for the treatment of dysmenorrhea showed no significant difference in pain intensity between lidocaine and a placebo, the clinical trial didn't meet its primary goal.

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