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How common are menstrual cramps?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Not all women experience menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea, during menstruation. For teens, cramps are often caused by prostaglandin; this can happen later in life too, but for older women, cramps can indicate a more serious condition like fibroids or adenomyosis. Endometriosis is another cause, which can happen at any age but usually in one's 30s or 40s. If no underlying cause is found for menstrual cramps, they often lessen or go away once a woman has had a baby.

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