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dysmenorrhea

dys·men·or·rhe·a

/ˌdismenəˈrēə/

Noun

Painful menstration. Primary dysmenorrhea is a condition associated with ovulatory cycles and is believed to be caused by the release of prostaglandins with menses. Secondary dysmenorrhea develops later in life, typically after age 25. It is associated with PID, endometriosis, ovulation, and even intrauterine devices (IUDs).