What is the prevalence of dysmenorrhea in the US?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Dysmenorrhea may affect more than 50% of menstruating women, and its reported prevalence has been highly variable (eg, 45-95% [15] ). A survey of 113 patients in a family practice setting showed a prevalence of 29-44%, [35] but figures as high as 90% in women aged 18-45 years have been reported. [4] The use of oral contraceptives (OCs) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), both of which are effective in ameliorating symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea, may hinder accurate assessment of prevalence.


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