Neal D. Barnard, M.D.
Disorders of menstrual function can be taxing and sometimes even disabling. Up to 10 percent of women in their teens and early twenties suffer from severe menstrual pain. In most cases, there is no identifiable cause. However, for some women, the pain is a symptom of endometriosis (a condition in which cells that normally line the uterus have ended up in the abdominal cavity), adenomyosis (the existence of islands of uterine lining cells deep within the uterine muscle), fibroids (the presence of overgrown muscle cells in the wall of the uterus), or other conditions.1 Nutritional factors appear to play an important role in managing menstrual pain. Continue reading