What are the symptoms of dysmenorrhea or extreme period pain?

#WhySufferSilently - Symptoms of Dysmenorrhea (Extreme Period Pain)

As many as 68% girls miss school every month due to extreme period pain. However, these girls don’t seek treatment thinking of period pain as a normal phenomenon. Hence, it’s important to let all girls know that – periods are normal, period pain is not.  So it’s important for all adolescent girls & young women to know what dysmenorrhea feels like.

If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms every month, then it is highly likely you suffer from dysmenorrhea.

  1. Cramps: Widely known as period cramps, in dysmenorrhea this throbbing in lower abdomen is intense.
  2. Pain: In dysmenorrhea, the pain is intense and can radiate to the lower back or thighs
  3. Large or small blood clots: When one is suffering from dysmenorrhea or extremely painful periods, the blood clots are large, usually larger than ₹1 coin, accompanied with heavy bleeding. Lots of small blood clots during every period, with or without heavy bleeding, is also a sign of dysmenorrhea or abnormal periods.
  4. Dull continuous ache: Many girls suffering from dysmenorrhea report a feeling of dull continuous ache
  5. Lightheadedness: Girls feeling dizzy or getting a feeling that they will faint are also likely to be suffering from dysmenorrhea or abnormal periods
  6. Other symptoms of dysmenorrhea: These include constipation, loose bowel movements that feels like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and mood swings

As dysmenorrhea is the most under-reported and under-treated gynaecological problem in India, it’s important that all adolescent girls & young women be made aware about the symptoms of dysmenorrhea. Download, print & stick this period pain symptoms poster in girls washrooms in schools & colleges, and women’s washroom in offices. The poster explains symptoms of dysmenorrhea in an extremely easy to understand manner.
School principals & teachers can also download, print and distribute this period pain leaflet among all girl students. HR managers can send emails on period pain symptoms to all their colleagues.

By spreading awareness among all adolescent girls and young women, we can truly bring an end to painful periods OR dysmenorrhea. You can also follow #WhySufferSilently campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Disclaimer: The contents of this blog have been simplified to enable an elementary understanding of dysmenorrhea (painful periods). This blog does not constitute medical advice.