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A 16-year-old female asked:

can you get dysmenorrhea if you don't have endometriosis?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martha Hidalgo
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: Dysmenorrhea means pain during period, and it's not exclusive of endometriosis
Dr. Aveshen Govender
Specializes in General Practice
Multiple causes: Multiple causes for dysmenorrhea besides endometriosis. These include : pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, stds etc. see a Gynae for assessment and diagnosis

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A 53-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between dysmenorrhea and endometriosis?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
Dysmenorrhea: Dysmenorrhea is pain with menses which could be primary(not due to any particular condition) or secondary to for example endometriosis. Dysmenorrha is a symptom where endometriosis is a disease that has dysmenorrhea as a sumptom.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Could someone have dysmenorrhea or endometriosis at 16?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Traub
Fertility Medicine 19 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately i treat women who have endometriosis as early as 12 and 13. Now the only way to know for sure is surgery. So how to go about diagnosing and treating pain depends on the individual patient.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you please describe the diferences between dysmenorrhea and endometriosis?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Wendy Askew
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Short answer: Dysmenorrhea is the general term meaning painful menses. Endometriosis is a specific condition (that can cause dysmenorrhea). Dysmenorrhea may not be due to endometriosis.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How can I distinguish between dysmenorrhea or endometriosis?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
Apples and oranges: Dysmenorrhea is a symptom. Endometriosis is a disease. They are not either/or. People with endometriosis generally have dysmenorrhea, if they have a uterus. People with dysmenorrhea may have endometriosis, and if the pain is severe they often do.

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