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New study to assess the impact of painful menstrual cramps

Published: 21 November 2014

Researchers at the University of Southampton are exploring how Dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual cramps) affects the lives of teenage girls and their families.

Many women, of all ages, experience painful menstrual cramps which can have a damaging effect on their personal, professional and social lives. Much of the research in this area has focused on the biological reasons for the pain rather that the effect on quality of life, especially for teenagers.

Now researchers from the University of Southampton are launching a study to assess the impact of Dysmenorrhea on girls aged between 13 and 18 years old.

Dr Christina Liossi, Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Southampton, comments: “Menstrual cramps can be extremely debilitating and can cause significant emotional distress to young people. They can have an impact on not just the individuals but also those around them. If we can assess and explain the impact that Dysmenorrhea can have on young girls, we can improve the way we help them manage it, which will hopefully lead to improved quality of life.”

The study will interview teenagers who have experienced Dysmenorrhea for at least three cycles in a row and have seen their doctor about it. Additional interviews with the participants’ mothers will also be held.

If you are interested in participating, or would like to receive further information, please contact Polly Langdon by email: or telephone 02380 594597.

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