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What increases my risk for dysmenorrhea?

Primary dysmenorrhea is painful periods with no underlying gynecological cause. Primary dysmenorrhea is more likely to develop in younger women who have never delivered a baby and usually begins during adolescence. Heavy menstruation also increases your risk for dysmenorrhea; smoking and depression have also been linked to the condition. Secondary dysmenorrhea is caused by an underlying gynecological condition. You are at greater risk for secondary dysmenorrhea if you are older, you have a family history of reproductive problems, a pelvic infection or a sexually transmitted disease.

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