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Australian study aims to uncover the mystery of extreme menstrual cramps in young people

Written by Javed Iqbal

About half the world’s population suffers from it every month, but even today, mystery still surrounds menstrual cramps.

How can some people resist menstruation with pain medication while others experience such excruciating pain that they can not leave the house?

An Australian-first study, led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, aims to ensure that young women and girls with crippling menstrual cramps no longer have to miss out on life by identifying effective treatments early.

To do this, researchers track more than 3,000 young women and girls over the age of five who have been treated for menstrual cramps.

Leading researcher and gynecologist Professor Sonia Grover said “if we intervene early, then we may well be able to change the course of this problem”.

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More than 80 percent of teenage women suffer from menstrual cramps. (Unsplash: Abbie Bernet)

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For some, menstruation can cause debilitating pain, rage, depression and suicidal thoughts.

Darwin student Emma King is among those who suffered abnormally long periods before seeking help.

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