PDF download is not available for Arabic and Urdu languages at this time. Please use the browser print function instead

Dysmenorrhea (painful period cramps) is the most common symptom reported by teenagers during their periods. Learn about the types of dysmenorrhea, symptoms and how it is treated.

Key points

  • Dysmenorrhea is painful menstrual cramps that are not controlled by over-the-counter pain medication and impact daily activities.
  • The main symptoms of dysmenorrhea are cramping and pain in the lower abdomen, pain in the low back and pain that spreads down the legs.
  • Treatment for dysmenorrhea depends on the cause of the pain.
Last updated: May 3rd 2023