Original Investigation

Investigation of oxidative balance in patients with dysmenorrhea by multiple serum markers


  • Nilgün Turhan
  • Havva Çelik
  • Candan İltemir Duvan
  • Yüksel Onaran
  • Murat Aydın
  • Ferah Armutçu

Received Date: 21.06.2012 Accepted Date: 23.08.2012 J Turk Ger Gynecol Assoc 2012;13(4):233-236 PMID: 24592048


To investigate the level of oxidative stress in patients with dysmenorrhea by multiple serum markers including malondialdehyde (MDA), nitrotyrosine (3-NT), deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) and superoxide dismutase (SOD).

Material and Methods:

Fifty-eight women, aged between 20 and 34, who had had regular menses for at least six previous cycles, were involved. The women were divided into two groups. The study group consisted of 33 patients with primary dysmenorrhea, and the control group consisted of 25 healthy women.


Demographic characteristics of patients were similar between the two groups. The serum MDA levels were 1.32±0.46 and 0.91±0.26 nmol/mL for the dysmenorrhea and control groups, respectively (p<0.001). The differences in plasma levels of 3-NT, SOD and serum 8-OhdG were similar in both groups (p>0.05). Also, no correlation was found between the severity of dysmenorrhea and the levels of oxidative markers.


Oxidative stress is slightly aggravated in patients with dysmenorrhea.

Keywords: Primary dysmenorrhea, malondialdehyde, nitrotyrosine, deoxyguanosine, superoxide dismutase