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What are the symptoms of dysmenorrhea?
Every young woman experiences dysmenorrhea differently. Some common symptoms include:
What causes dysmenorrhea?
When menstruation happens, your uterus contracts to oust its lining. Hormone-like substances, particularly prostaglandin and arachidonic acid, trigger these contractions. Young women with primary amenorrhea experience abnormal uterine contraction as a result of an imbalance of those chemicals.
Secondary amenorrhea is caused by other conditions. Common conditions include:
Who is at risk for dysmenorrhea?
Any young woman can develop dysmenorrhea, but factors that may predispose her include:
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