Journal article

Prevalence and severity of dysmenorrhoea, and management options reported by young Australian women

Asvini K Subasinghe, Lina Happo, Yasmin L Jayasinghe, Suzanne M Garland, Alexandra Gorelik, John D Wark

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Little is known about the severity of dysmenorrhoea and attitudes towards its management in young females. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and severity of dysmenorrhoea in women aged 16-25 years. METHODS: Participants were recruited via targeted Facebook advertising and asked to complete an online questionnaire covering medications, menstruation and lifestyle-related themes. A follow-up questionnaire on dysmenorrhoea was also administered. RESULTS: The prevalence of dysmenorrhoea was 88% (n = 247, mean age 21.5 years, SD 2.6). Only 34% of participants reported consulting a healthcare provider about their pain, whereas 86% consulted other sources. P..

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