What should be included in a complete history in patients with dysmenorrhea?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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In summary, a complete history should include the following [28] :

  • Age at menarche

  • Menstrual frequency, length of period, estimated menstrual flow, and presence or absence of intermenstrual bleeding

  • Associated symptoms

  • Onset, duration, type, and severity of pain, as well as its relation to the menstrual cycle

  • External factors affecting the pain

  • Impact of dysmenorrhea on physical and social activity

  • Progression of symptom severity

  • Sexual and obstetric history


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