Our research group at McLean Hospital is conducting a study to better understand why some girls have pain and menstrual symptoms and whether these symptoms change over time. By using different ways of assessing pain (through questionnaires, brain imaging, and pain/perception tasks), we will be able to learn new information about how these different factors contribute to pain in this age group, and how the brain and pain perception change during adolescent development.
Menstrual pain may affect up to 90% of girls and women, but menstrual pain is not very well understood among adult women, and even less is known about menstrual pain in adolescents. This research study will help us learn more about this common problem and may help us develop better treatments for pain in the future.
We are not currently recruiting for any studies, but will post updates here as new studies open!