The incidence of primary dysmenorrhea in teenagers

Arch Gynecol. 1981;230(3):173-7. doi: 10.1007/BF02111800.


By means of a questionnaire we studied the menstrual patterns of 502 adolescent girls aged 10--19 years in 1979. The incidence of occasional or consistent primary dysmenorrhea was 43%. The incidence of dysmenorrhea increased considerably with increasing age and the interval between the menarche and the onset of dysmenorrhea was less than one year in 72% of subjects investigated. The occurrence of severe dysmenorrhea resulting in absence from school varied between 8 and 18% in various age groups.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Dysmenorrhea / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menarche
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden