Table 3

Characteristics of primary dysmenorrhea (n=1231)

Characteristicsn%
Duration of experiencing dysmenorrhea
 1–5 years40833.1
 6 years or above82366.9
Presence of pain in every menstruation
 Yes55445.0
 No67755.0
Onset of dysmenorrhea
 More than 2 days before menstrual flow1058.5
 One day prior to menstrual flow26921.9
 On the same day of menstrual flow73459.6
 Second and third day of menstrual flow12310.0
Duration of pain
 1 day or less52442.6
 2–3 days65152.9
 4 days or above564.5
VAS
 Mild (0–3.9)43735.5
 Moderate (4–7.9)66554.0
 Severe (8-10)12910.5
Symptoms
 Cramps119396.9
 Nausea29724.1
 Vomiting20216.4
 Loss of appetite67755.0
 Headache33227.0
 Backaches80165.1
 Leg aches32126.1
 Dizziness30324.6
 Weakness86270.0
 Diarrhoea44936.5
 Facial blemishes68155.3
 Stomachache21717.6
 Flushing14511.8
 Insomnia31825.8
 General aching34127.7
 Depression41033.3
 Irritability68155.3
 Nervousness42134.2
  • VAS, Visual Analogue Scale.