Does primary dysmenorrhea affect fertility?

Primary dysmenorrhea does not affect your fertility. The cause of primary dysmenorrhea is the increase of prostaglandins that lead to uterine contractions, sensitive nerve endings, and can affect your digestive tract by triggering nausea and stool change.

Elevated levels of prostaglandins has not been found to affect getting pregnant or carrying a baby to term. In fact, your levels of prostaglandin increase at the same time an egg is released by your body. When you become pregnant your body is no longer releasing eggs and your prostaglandin levels are no longer being triggered to elevate.

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Dysmenorrhea (Painful Periods)

Dysmenorrhea (Painful Periods)

Many women are plagued by menstrual cramps from time to time, but did you know that there is a medical term for it? Dysmenorrhea is the official name for menstrual cramps. Cramps can occur right before your period is about to star...

t, and might continue for several days. While some women may be able to cope with these lower abdominal cramps, they may at times, debilitate you. You may sometimes notice other symptoms that coincide with the cramps including diarrhea, sweating, nausea, and/or feeling faint. Some women find that medication helps to ease their menstrual cramps while others swear by the use of a heating pad and other non-drug therapies. Interestingly, childbirth can sometimes put an end to dysmenorrheal unless it has been caused by a medical state. Talk to your doctor to discuss pain relief options that will work for you.

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