Dysmenorrhea causes cramps located in lower abdomen above the pubic bone. Some women also have severe pain located in the back or thighs. The pain usually begins just before or at the start of menstruation, and gradually diminishes over one to three days. Pain usually occurs intermittently, ranging from mild to disabling.

Other symptoms that may accompany cramps include; nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, or a flu-like symptom. There are two types of dysmenorrhea. The first type begins from adolescence, can last through early adulthood, and is related to hormonal imbalances that cause excessive uterine contractions. The second type commonly occurs in women who are in there thirties and forties and is often accompanied by conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, myomas (benign tumors), and fibroids.

Dr. Kim’s thoughts on Dysmennorhea:

I always tell my patients that Oriental Medicine has a lot more to offer than allopathic medicine for the treatment of many gynecological issues. I feel that most cases of menstrual irregularities can be successfully treated with oriental medicine and with 2500 years of evidence-based research to back it up it seems like the go-to therapy. Whether it is amenorrhea (absence of menstruation is more than 6 months), oligomenorrhea (rare or scanty menses), dysmenorrhea (painful menses), menorrhaga (excessively heavy menstrual bleeding), polymenorrhea (frequent menses) or infertility, oriental medicine can offer acupuncture and proven herbal for