Dysmenorrhea and pelvic pain in adolescents

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1999 Jun;46(3):555-71. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(05)70137-1.


Dysmenorrhea and pelvic pain are common complaints in the adolescent population. Although most cases are primary dysmenorrhea and easily treated with NSAIDs or OCPs, pathologic causes should be considered, especially in cases not responding to standard medical management. Endometriosis is the most common finding in teenagers who do not respond to this regimen, but müllerian anomalies and musculoskeletal causes must also be considered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Dysmenorrhea / diagnosis*
  • Dysmenorrhea / drug therapy
  • Dysmenorrhea / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pelvic Pain / diagnosis*
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology
  • Severity of Illness Index