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Does early puberty increase the risk for dysmenorrhea?

Early puberty, defined as menstruating at or before age 11, can increase your risk for primary dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea refers to the pain and cramps many women experience during menstruation. Primary dysmenorrhea is pelvic pain that occurs naturally at the start of each period. Younger women are more likely to develop primary dysmenorrhea, but their symptoms may decrease in intensity as they age. Early puberty does not seem to affect the development of secondary dysmenorrhea, which may occur later in life as the result of an underlying gynecological condition.

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