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Dysmenorrhoea means painful periods. It is characterised by a dull ache in the lower back, often with cramps, headaches and sometimes nausea for up to the first three days of the menstrual period.

Primary Dysmenorrhoea starts soon after puberty and lasts until about the age of 25 - it is caused by a sensitivity to or an excess of prostaglandins (inflammatory hormones).

Painful periods which are considered worse than normal, are called Secondary Dysmenorrhoea, and can be caused by pelvic infection, IUD's, fibroids, endometriosis or constipation.

Tip: evening primrose oil helps to inhibit the production of prostaglandins and so help to reduce painful periods.


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