Prevalence and correlates of dysmenorrhea among Nigerian college women
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 48, Issue 4, pages 442–444, August 2008
How to Cite
LOTO, O. M., ADEWUMI, T. A. and ADEWUYA, A. O. (2008), Prevalence and correlates of dysmenorrhea among Nigerian college women. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 48: 442–444. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2008.00869.x
- Issue published online: 29 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2008
- Received 13 November 2007; accepted 07 March 2008.
The study assessed first year students in a Nigerian university (n = 409) for dysmenorrhea. The prevalence of dysmenorrhea was 53.3% and most students experienced pain at onset of menses. About half of the students reported that menstrual pain interferes with their normal daily activity. The independent predictors of dysmenorhea were longer days of menstrual flow, younger age at menarche and lower scores on extraversion scale. College health-care providers should screen routinely for dysmenorrhea among students and offer treatment. As dysmenorrhea reportedly affects school performance and attendance, more attention should be devoted to providing health education on this topic to students.