Last reviewed 01/2018

Dysmenorrhoea is painful menstruation and may be primary or secondary to organic pelvic disease.

In most women, menstruation is associated with some degree of pelvic discomfort. In half, menstruation is associated with pain which often, may not be limited to the menses. In about 10%, symptoms are severe enough to enforce bed rest.

Dysmenorrhoea is a symptom of great importance. Affected women often do less well at school and take more days off work.