A population-based survey of Asian women's experience of premenstrual symptoms.
Lorraine Dennerstein, Philippe Lehert, Lam Siu Keung, Sadiah Ahsan Pal, Dooseok Choi
Post Reproductive Health | Published : 2010
OBJECTIVE: This paper aims to explore women's experiences of premenstrual symptoms in three Asian countries and the factors affecting the prevalence of these symptoms. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. A sample of 1202 women aged 15-49 years were recruited by random sampling in Hong Kong, Pakistan and Thailand. Main outcome measures The interviewer used a questionnaire with a checklist of 23 premenstrual symptoms, sociodemographic and lifestyle variables. RESULTS: The most prevalent symptoms were joint, muscle and back pain, cramps, abdominal pain and breast tenderness. The severity of symptoms was directly proportional to duration (months affected) (R = 0.85). Significant effects on sym..View full abstract