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Semin Reprod Med. 2011 Sep;29(5):423-35. doi: 10.1055/s-0031-1287666. Epub 2011 Nov 7.

The structured menstrual history: developing a tool to facilitate diagnosis and aid in symptom management.

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Division of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Women and Infants Hospital, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02905, USA.


Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is a prevalent symptom that encompasses abnormalities in menstrual regularity, duration, frequency and/or volume, and it is encountered frequently by both primary care physicians and obstetrician-gynecologists. Research on AUB has used numerous methods to measure bleeding and assess symptoms, but the lack of universally accepted outcome measures hinder the quality of research and the ability of clinical investigators to collaborate in multicenter trials. Similarly, clinical care for women reporting heavy, prolonged, or irregular menstrual bleeding is not optimized because standard ways of evaluating symptoms and change in symptoms over time do not exist. This article describes (1) the current methods of evaluating women with AUB, both in research and clinical care; and (2) offers suggestions for the development of a standardized structured menstrual history for use in both research and clinical care.

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