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Complementary and alternative treatments for primary dysmenorrhea in adolescents

Yu, Abigail MSN, RN, CPNP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000454984.19413.28
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Abstract: Primary dysmenorrhea is the most common gynecologic complaint among adolescents. Conventional treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and hormonal contraceptives, but complementary and alternative medicine is a growing area of interest. As patients seek such treatments, pediatric nurse practitioners should be aware of these options to offer the best advice to patients.

Abigail Yu is a pediatric nurse practitioner in San Francisco, Calif.

The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.

I would like to thank Dr. Rita John, DNP, EdD, CPNP, for her support and guidance in helping me prepare this manuscript. I would also like to thank my mom, Anna Yu, for providing the initial idea for this manuscript and her encouragement throughout the writing process.

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins