Sometimes, young women are reluctant to talk about their female problems. It is important for primary care physicians, then, to ask OLD PAM some screening questions about her menses.
Onset: When did your menses begin?
LMP: On what date did you last menstrual periods occur?
Duration: How often do your menstrual periods occur? How long do they last for?
Pain: Is there any pain associated with menstruation?
Activity: Are you sexually active?
Meds: Are you practicing any form of birth control?
Questions gathered from
Seller. Differential Diagnosis of Common Complaints. 4th ed. 2000. (the purple ddx book)