Definitions: amenorrhea means no periods at all, usually for a 3 month timeframe
dysmenorrhea are painful periods.
Ryan's Pharmacy has a pretty good list of things to go over regarding irregular bleeding. Ohio's ReproMed is good for hormonal disorders information.
Usually the normal upds and downs of hormones at different points in the cycle aren't working the way they should. Fibroids, polyps, IUD's, or any pelvic disease can cause abnormal bleeding. Treatments
Lots of times, the pill can easily treat hormonal problems. If the problem is fibroids, it needs to be removed. A D&C procedure may be used to scrape out old linings of the uterus. There is also a new procedure called endometrial ablation that uses an 'iron roller' to burn out the uterine lining. Hysterectomy is the last resort for this type of problem.
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Abnormal Bleeding - Women's Health Net Links
Menstrual Disorders - InfertilityPhysician.com
Irregular Menstruation Seen Raising Diabetes Risk
Menorrhagia and dysfunctional uterine bleeding
asked me if I would put up some information regarding dysmenorrhea. The links you see here are her work and suggestions. Dysmenorrhea are painful periods. There are a number of causes and treatments for this condition. Also see:
Menstrual Cramps (Dysmenorrhea)
Projectlinks Database: Dysmenorrhea Hub
Sometimes the uterus is tilted the wrong way, what is known as retroverted rather than anteverted. These 2 links should give you some ideas on that issue:
Rather than post this one link on the support page, I've added it here:
Last update: April 26, 2006