Dysmenorrhoea: An overview

Selente Bezuidenhout, Kesentseng J. Mahlaba, Gabazi Nxumalo, Johanna C. Meyer, Byron O. Chukwu

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Dysmenorrhoea, commonly referred to as painful menstrual cramps, is a common gynaecological problem reported by women in their reproductive years. This article provides an overview of primary and secondary dysmenorrhoea, including the differential diagnosis and management. Treatment of dysmenorrhoea is aimed at providing symptomatic relief and to inhibit the underlying processes causing the symptoms. The role of the pharmacist in offering care and advice to patients, especially with the use of over-the-counter medicines, is described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalSA Pharmaceutical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Adolescents
  • Cramping
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Prostaglandin


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