Dysmenorrhea (painful periods) is caused by excessive levels of prostaglandins.
- Prostaglandins are made at the site of tissue damage where they cause inflammation and pain, as part of the healing process.
When the uterus contracts to shed off the thick lining of tissue, blood and nutrients via the vagina, prostaglandins are produced in the uterus. When excess prostaglandins are produced, they cause redness, swelling, pain and fever in the surrounding areas, thus resulting in period pain or period cramps.
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