A possible link between dysmenorrhoea and the development of chronic pelvic pain

Gemma Hardi, Susan Evans, Meredith Craigie

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    Abstract

    Anecdotally, severe dysmenorrhoea can pre-date the development of chronic pelvic pain (CPP). This study describes the timeline for the transition from dysmenorrhoea to CPP in a cohort of new patients attending a private gynaecology clinic. In 16.4% of cases, transition occurred within one year, and within 12 years in over 50%. Our study suggests clinicians need to observe women with severe dysmenorrhoea for signs of chronic pain. Further research is needed into the transition from dysmenorrhoea to CPP, and effective early interventions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)593-596
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    Volume54
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

    Keywords

    • chronic pelvic pain
    • dysmenorrhoea
    • gynaecologist

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