At what age should pediatricians worry if a patient hasn’t had their first period? How can they help patients manage chronic period pain? What is “period poverty” and how can doctors help? Shelby Davies, MD, a fellow in the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses a variety of period-related topics, including: a review of the normal sequence of puberty and menarche and a normal menstrual cycle; etiologies of amenorrhea and how to evaluate for different causes; laboratory tests to consider in cases of primary and secondary amenorrhea; a review of causes and management suggestions for irregular cycles and heavy flow; a review of management options for dysmenorrhea, including effectiveness of different OTC painkillers; an explanation of menstrual cups and reusable period underwear, alternatives to tampons and pads that are increasingly popular; a discussion of “period poverty” and the barriers some teenagers face in managing their periods, and how doctors can screen for this and help; and more.
Listen in as Katie Lockwood, MD, a primary care pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discusses hot topics in primary care with CHOP subject-matter-experts as they weigh in on issues affecting the daily practice of pediatricians. This podcast is for general informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered as medical advice for any particular patient. Clinicians must rely on their own informed clinical judgment in making recommendations to their patients.
This Primary Care Perspectives Podcast episode was originally released on June 9, 2021.
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