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General practice nurses (GPNs) may frequently be asked for advice on menstrual problems, which may include issues around how regularly – or irregularly – bleeds occur, how heavy the flow is and how painful periods may be. Menstrual problems can start at menarche, or even before, right through to the menopause. As GPNs are often involved in seeing women for contraception, pregnancy planning and cervical screening, the subject of menstruation will often be broached. It is important, then, that all GPNs are able to discuss these issues knowledgeably.

This resource, consisting of five assessment questions at advanced level, tests your knowledge of these issues. The level of these questions reflects the fact that they are aimed at people working in an extended role who may also be prescribing. Complete the resource, including the further reading and some or all of the suggested activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Aims and objectives

On completion of this resource, you should have an understanding of:

  • The significance of oligomenorrhoea in adolescents
  • The management of irregular periods
  • Evidence based interventions for menorrhagia
  • Evidence based interventions for dysmenorrhoea
  • The impact of menopause on menstruation

Reading list

NHS Choices (2015) Periods

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Management of menstrual problems Mary Selby