Dysmenorrhea is a term which you can translate as "difficult monthly flow." It's quite normal for women to experience mild abdominal cramps. They usually feel this on the first and second day of their period. However, about 10% of women experience severe abdominal pain or dysmenorrhea. There are two types of dysmenorrhea. Women who experience primary dysmenorrhea don't have to worry as much. This is because it's just an uncommon part of the whole menstrual process. Fortunately, as women grow older, the primary dysmenorrhea eases, especially after pregnancy. Although painful, it's mostly harmless. On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea is more serious. It's usually a symptom of an underlying gynecologic disorder. If you experience this, have yourself checked.
Abdominal pain is the most common symptom of dysmenorrhea. This is usually a pain in your belly. Sometimes it's mild, and sometimes it's severe. You may either feel pressure in the area or a dull, throbbing sensation. As time goes by, the pain may even spread to the other parts of your body.
The best way to relieve this symptom is to apply heat to the area. You can use a hot water bottle or a heating pad to do the job. You may even use a self-heating patch if you have one on hand. Simply apply the heat source to your lower abdomen and keep it there for some time. This will reduce the pain significantly.
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