Archives of gynecology

, Volume 230, Issue 3, pp 173–177 | Cite as

The incidence of primary dysmenorrhea in teenagers

  • Lars Svanberg
  • Ulf Ulmsten


By means of a questionaire 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.

Key words

Primary dysmenorrhea Teenagers 


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© J. F. Bergmann Verlag GmbH & Co. KG München 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Svanberg
    • 1
  • Ulf Ulmsten
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of LundMalmöSweden

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