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)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (6) depressed mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
fatigue (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
depressed mood (5) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Carpel tunnel wrist brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Mirena)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (3) menstrual cramps (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (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)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness migraine
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (6) depressed mood (1)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth agitation with irritability 9 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
fatigue (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive impairment
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation excessive dry mouth
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
abdominal cramps confusion 5 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (5) fatigue (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Carpel tunnel wrist brace)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
pain in hands
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Mirena)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysmenorrhea (1 evaluation)
Side effects
menstrual spotting acne breakout 12 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (3) menstrual cramps (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (4) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
feeling hot/overheating
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood cutting (self injury) 7 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (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?

  • 0 new patients joined this month
  • 43 say dysmenorrhea is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 41
30s 57
40s 75
50s 33
60s 5
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 106
20-29 years 16
30-39 years 8
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 2
Female 215

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 128
Not Diagnosed 26

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