Author(s): Anastasakis E, Kingman CE, Lee CA, Economides DL, Kadir RA
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To establish the prevalence of menstrual-related problems among university students. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire regarding gynecological, bleeding and family history was sent by electronic mail (e-mail) to all female students attending University College London (UCL). RESULTS: A total of 767 students aged 18-39 years replied; 71\% had a regular menstrual cycle. One in three (n = 264) had received some treatment for their menstrual periods (such as the combined oral contraceptive pill or simple analgesia). Those with heavy or painful periods were more likely to feel that their menstrual problems had a substantial impact on their academic and social life; however, even among those with light periods, one in every four females felt that their life was considerably affected. CONCLUSION: A considerable prevalence of menstrual-related problems was demonstrated among this young healthy population. Additionally, the use of e-mail could present potential benefits as a research medium for this kind of study.
This article was published in In Vivo
and referenced in Journal of Health Education Research & Development