What are the most common therapeutic modalities for primary dysmenorrhea?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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NSAIDs and combination OCs are the most commonly used therapeutic modalities for the management of primary dysmenorrhea. These agents have different mechanisms of action and can be used adjunctively in refractory cases. Lack of response to NSAIDs and OCs (or a combination thereof) may increase the likelihood of a secondary cause for dysmenorrhea.

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