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New SOGC guideline outlines simple treatments for many period pains

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) has published a new clinical guideline to assist physicians in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea - a common menstrual pain disorder that affects millions of women around the world.

Primary dysmenorrhea is defined as pain that occurs before and/or during a period - with no underlying pelvic pathology such as endometriosis. The disorder accounts for significant time lost from work, school and other activities, yet it is often under-treated in women of all ages. Many women consider the pain associated with their period - even if it is severe and incapacitating - as normal and do not seek medical assistance.

The Primary Dysmenorrhea Consensus Guideline, which appears on the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) website at, outlines simple, effective therapies for physicians to use that are also widely available. This guideline revises and updates the original guideline released in December 2005.