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Menopause Review/Przegląd Menopauzalny
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2/2022
vol. 21
 
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Experiences of undergraduates with dysmenorrhea: understanding the limitations of pharmacological management

Eunice Osuala
1
,
Oluebubechukwu Udi
1
,
Glad Samchisadede
1
,
Lawrence Iruo
1
,
Basil Ogbu
1
,
Florence Mandah
1

1.
PAMO University of Medical Sciences, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Menopause Rev 2022; 21(2): 92-96
Online publish date: 2022/06/09
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Introduction
It has become imperative to revisit facilitating factors of dysmenorrheal painful menstruation in order to further understand contributory habits common in the affected population. Hence, the present study aimed to explore lifestyles common among female students experiencing dysmenorrhea.

Material and methods
The survey was carried out among 358 female students. Data were obtained using a researcher-administered questionnaire from a sample size of 208 that was derived using the multistage sampling method. The descriptive method of analysis was used to analyze responses from respondents.

Results
It was revealed that 175 (89.7%) experience dysmenorrhea, which is higher than the number of respondents (42.6%) with a family history of dysmenorrhea, and dysmenorrheal symptoms of 106 (60.6%) of respondents are aggravated by excessive intake of sweet drinks/snacks. On a 5-point Likert scale with criterion mean 3, management of dysmenorrhea among respondents shows that they likely needed medication (3.93 ±0.72), used prescribed medications from varying sources (3.31 ±1.47), with an increased likelihood to use any home remedies or self-care such as herbal mixtures and assuming a comfortable body position (3.42 ±1.35) to ease period pain.

Conclusions
Critical empirical consideration is needed to review non pharmacological interventions to relieve painful menstruation following a rise in the incidence of dysmenorrhea.

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dysmenorrhea, non-pharmacological treatment, painful menstruation, diet and menstruation

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