Dysmenorrhea, or painful menstruation, is the bane of many a woman's life. To be obliged to keep in bed swathed in hot cloths and stupefied with drugs for from a day or two to a week or two out of every month is sufficient to drive almost any woman to distraction, yet such is the unfortunate lot of many.
The cause of the pain in these cases has been the subject of much discussion and the most divergent views have been expressed concerning it. Some writers hold that the pain is due entirely to local conditions of the pelvic organs, while others assert that local conditions have little or nothing to do with producing the pain, but that it is always the result of some general disturbance.
Theilhaber1 says that only in a minority of the cases is the pain due to anatomic causes, while in more than three-fourths
HARRIS ML. RESECTION OF THE SPERMATIC PLEXUS FOR THE RELIEF OF CERTAIN FORMS OF DYSMENORRHEA. JAMA. 1911;LVI(15):1104–1106. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560150026013
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