How does the treatment approach to dysmenorrhea vary based on presentation?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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A patient whose history and clinical presentation clearly suggest primary dysmenorrhea may be treated symptomatically and provided with appropriate follow-up. A patient whose presentation is less clear or whose vital signs or physical findings are abnormal deserves a more thorough workup, including full laboratory studies, pelvic ultrasonography, and potentially an obstetrics/gynecology consultation.


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