When are lab studies indicated in the evaluation of dysmenorrhea?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Laboratory studies may be indicated to elucidate the cause of secondary dysmenorrhea. Noninvasive studies may include abdominal and transvaginal ultrasonography. Other more invasive studies, including hysterosalpingography, may be required. Further investigation might include hysteroscopy or laparoscopy; the latter is usually indicated when initial interventions fail to relieve symptoms.


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