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Adolescent dysmenorrhea and pelvic pain

A practical and successful approach to the adolescent with dysmenorrhea and pelvic pain. Topics include:

  • The multifactorial nature of dysmenorrhea and pelvic pain.
  • The importance of providing an explanation for the different kinds of pain and associated symptoms.
  • The true clinical significance of pelvic pain and/or endometriosis in this age group.
  • Medical management strategies and how to optimise them.
  • The principles for deciding when to refer for specialist advice (including physio, dieticians, gastroenterologists and gynaecologists), and when surgery should happen (keeping future fertility in mind).
  • The difference between excision and ablation of endometriosis and evidence around these techniques.
  • Self-management strategies to optimise life outcomes.
  • Useful and medically robust sources of patient information.

 As always we will answer as many questions as we can during the webinar.



Fiona Connell

Gynaecologist and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon

Fiona is a NZ trained Specialist Gynaecologist accredited through the Australasian Gynaecologic Endoscopy and Surgery Society to have expertise in the most complex laparoscopic surgery.

Fiona introduced advanced laparoscopy to Waitemata District Health Board and has developed the Period Pain and Endometriosis Service - a large and ongoing piece of work. Her driving force is to see period pain and endometriosis recognised and managed early enough that women avoid missing on important life experiences- specifically schooling, relationship, fertility and work opportunities. Another passion is to see women get the kind of surgery that least impacts on their busy lives. She is a board member of Endometriosis New Zealand.