According to Wikipedia, Dysmenorrhea is a gynecological medical condition that is characterized by severe uterine pain during menstruation.
Most women experience only minor pains; however, there is a good number of women who suffer from pain so sever as to limit normal activities or even require medication.
I happen to be one of that good number. I am still fortunate enough to not require medication for the pain (although there have been instances when I take pain relievers). But my normal day to day activities are affected by the pain.
Dysmenorrhea can feature different kinds of pain. It could be sharp, throbbing, dull, nauseating, burning, or shooting pain. I have been through all that. Dysmenorrhea may precede menstruation or may accompany it. I’ve had it both ways as well.
If dysmenhorrea is caused by an underlying disease, disorder, or abnormality within or outside the uterus, that’s called secondary dysmenorrhea. However, if none of those is detected, then it’s what’s called primary dysmennorhea.
I don’t know why I suffer from this. When I first started getting my periods, I did not have dysmenorrhea. The pain started when I was somewhere in high school and got worse and worse as years went by. My friends often tell me that I should see a doctor. I know I should. I just don’t like the idea of going to a doctor. One day, I know, I may have to face my dreaded trip to the doctor. It may even be anytime soon.