The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 75, Issue 2, pp 125–129

Problems related to menstruation amongst adolescent girls

Authors

    • Department of Community MedicineMaulana Azad Medical College
  • Chetna Malhotra
    • Department of Community MedicineMaulana Azad Medical College
  • D. K. Taneja
    • Department of Community MedicineMaulana Azad Medical College
  • Renuka Saha
    • Department of Community MedicineMaulana Azad Medical College
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12098-008-0018-5

Cite this article as:
Sharma, P., Malhotra, C., Taneja, D.K. et al. Indian J Pediatr (2008) 75: 125. doi:10.1007/s12098-008-0018-5

Abstract

Objective

To study the types and frequency of problems related to menstruation in adolescent girls and the effect of these problems on daily routine.

Methods

Girls in the age group 13–19 years who had had menarche for at least one year at the time of study. 198 adolescent girls have been studied. Data was collected by personal interviews on a pre-tested, semi-structured questionnaire. The questions covered menstrual problems, regularity of menses in last three cycles of menstruation and the effect of these problems on the daily routine. Analysis was done using SPSS version 12. Percentages were calculated for drawing inferences.

Results

More than a third (35.9%) of the study subjects were in the age group 13–15 years followed by 17–19 years, 15–17 years respectively. Mean age of study participants was calculated to be 16.2 years. Dysmenorrhea (67.2%) was the commonest problem and (63.1%) had one or the other symptoms of Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Other related problems were present in 55.1% of study subjects. Daily routine of 60% girls was affected due to prolonged bed rest, missed social activities/commitments, disturbed sleep and decreased appetite. 17.24% had to miss a class and 25% had to abstrain from work. Mothers and friends were the most common source of information on the issue.

Conclusion

Screen adolescent girls for menstruation related problems and provide them with counseling services and relevant information on possible treatment options. Besides, there is a need to emphasize on designing menstrual health programmes for adolescents.

Key words

Adolescent girlsMenarcheMenstruation

Copyright information

© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2008