Alternate Names : Dysmenorrhea
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Menstrual cramping is not always preventable. Here are some helpful measures to reduce symptoms:
a balanced diet, following the food guide pyramid
safer sex practices
stress management techniques
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Mild menstrual cramps and primary dysmenorrhea have no known long-term effects. The cause of secondary dysmenorrhea determines its long-term effects. These may include:
chronic pelvic pain
dyspareunia, or painful sexual intercourse
What are the risks to others?
Menstrual cramps are not contagious and pose no risk to others. However, if the problem is due to an undiagnosed STD, the woman may spread this to her partner.