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)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (5) pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5) dysmenorrhea (1)
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)

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

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

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

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

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)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
burning sensation drowsiness 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysmenorrhea (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (5) pain (5)
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)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (5) dysmenorrhea (1)
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)

(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)

(Knee brace)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
pain in hands
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Mirena)
Perceived effectiveness
for dysmenorrhea (2 evaluations)
Side effects
menstrual spotting uterine bleeding 17 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
dysmenorrhea (3) menstrual cramps (1)
  • 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 43
30s 57
40s 73
50s 28
60s 6
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 105
20-29 years 17
30-39 years 7
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 211

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 126
Not Diagnosed 26

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