Dysmenorrhea

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What is dysmenorrhea?

Dysmenorrhea is uterine pain that may occur with menses or precede menses by 1 to 3 days. It can be can be primary, which is the more common type or secondary due to pelvic abnormalities.

Common symptoms reported by people with dysmenorrhea

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with dysmenorrhea

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (5) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (4) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4) dysmenorrhea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cerazette)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (3) dysmenorrhea (1)
1 more

Data from patients with dysmenorrhea, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with dysmenorrhea

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysmenorrhea (3 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux gastric ulcer 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (5) Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysmenorrhea (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (4) Pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
rapid weight gain suicidal thoughts or urges 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Chinese acupuncture and aravedic herbs)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
soreness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (4) dysmenorrhea (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cerazette)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysmenorrhea (2 evaluations)
Side effects
vaginal bleeding weight gain
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 4 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty sleeping drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Pain (3) dysmenorrhea (1)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with dysmenorrhea, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has dysmenorrhea on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 40
30s 48
40s 63
50s 15
60s 5
70+ 1
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 92
20-29 years 19
30-39 years 6
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

99% Female
1% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 112
Not Diagnosed 24

These charts show data from dysmenorrhea patients who have completed their condition history
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