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Dysmenorrhea in Adolescent Girls

This article focuses on Dysmenorrhea (severe menstrual cramps) and in particular, one young woman who suffers from the condition, Monica Patel.

Patel, who is 18, started suffering from the severe cramps and vomiting, starting at age 11. It is not uncommon for women who suffer from dysmenorrhea to also experience dizziness, diarrhea, fainting and vomiting.

After discussing what dysmenorrhea is, the article shifts focus to discuss possible treatment options and the lack of awareness about medication options and the very existence of dysmenorrhea.

Finally, the article mentions that while nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like aleve or advil) can help alleviate pain in most cases, when the case is very severe, physicians may prescribe a low-dose oral contraceptive. The controversy of putting young girls on "the Pill" is then discussed.

Read more of the article here: http://health.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-menstrualcramps-ess.html