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What do I need to know about caring for someone with dysmenorrhea?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Dysmenorrhea refers to intense pain and cramping during menstruation, which usually begins in adolescence. If you are the parent or caregiver for a young woman with dysmenorrhea, help her manage her pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, a healthy diet and exercise, and relaxation exercises like yoga can reduce symptoms and help her cope with pain. Also warm compresses, heating pads and warm baths can all provide relief. If she is still experiencing these symptoms after a few months of managing her pain, make an appointment with a doctor.

If you are caring for someone with secondary dysmenorrhea, she will need additional treatment to correct the underlying gynecological condition. Depending on the condition, you may need to help her as she recovers from surgery or undergoes hormone replacement therapy.

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