Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Menstrual Cramps Evaluation

The evaluation of painful menstrual periods begins with a history and physical exam, including a pelvic exam.

Physical findings in a woman with painful menstrual periods may include:

Tests that may be used to evaluate painful menstrual periods include:

Less commonly performed tests that may be used to evaluate painful menstrual periods include:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Menstrual Cramps References
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