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Evaluation and Management of Dysmenorrhea in Adolescents

SANFILIPPO, JOSEPH MD, MBA; ERB, TERESA MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31816d2307
Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Abstract

Chronic pelvic pain is defined by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as noncyclic pelvic pain of at least 3 months duration or cyclic pain of 6-month duration, either of which interferes with one's normal activities of daily living. Dysmenorrhea, or painful menses, is the most common gynecologic complaint among adolescent and young adult females and is the leading cause of recurrent short-term school or work absenteeism. This chapter reviews the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of some of the most common causes of pelvic pain in adolescents.

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee Women's Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Correspondence: Joseph Sanfilippo, MD, MBA, The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Magee Women's Hospital, 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, PA. E-mail: jsanfilippo@mail.magee.edu

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.