What is the role of lab testing in the evaluation of secondary dysmenorrhea?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Answer

No tests are specific to the diagnosis of primary dysmenorrhea. The following laboratory studies may be performed to identify or exclude organic causes of secondary dysmenorrhea:

  • Complete blood count with differential

  • Gonococcal and chlamydial cultures, enzyme immunoassay, and DNA probe testing

  • Quantitative human chorionic gonadotropin level

  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate

  • Urinalysis

  • Stool guaiac

  • Cancer antigen 125 assay


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