Primary dysmenorrhea and physical activity

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1998 Jun;30(6):906-9. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199806000-00020.


It has been widely claimed that exercise is beneficial to dysmenorrhea, yet solid evidence is lacking. Studies investigating this relationship have been reviewed for this paper. Most showed decreased prevalence and/or improved symptomatology with exercise. However, controlled longitudinal studies involving women with confirmed primary dysmenorrhea who are sufficiently blinded to the study objectives are necessary before a definite relationship between exercise and dysmenorrhea can be established.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Dysmenorrhea / physiopathology
  • Dysmenorrhea / therapy*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ischemia / physiopathology
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Prostaglandins / physiology


  • Prostaglandins