Influence of anthropometric measures and socio-demographic factors on menstrual pain and irregular menstrual cycles among university students in Bangladesh

Hossain, M.G.; Sabiruzzaman, M.; Islam, S.; Hisyam, R.Z.; Lestrel, P.E.; Kamarul , T. (2011) Influence of anthropometric measures and socio-demographic factors on menstrual pain and irregular menstrual cycles among university students in Bangladesh. Anthropological Science, 119 (3). pp. 239-246. ISSN 0918-7960

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    Abstract

    Menstrual disturbances generally affect the daily activities of young females. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of anthropometric measures and sociodemographic factors on menstrual disturbances among university students in Bangladesh. Data were collected from 995 students from Rajshahi University using a stratified sampling technique between July 2004 and May 2005. Factors influencing menstrual pain and irregular menstrual cycles were examined with multiple logistic regression analysis. Stepwise logistic regression analysis was also used to determine the most influential factors affecting menstrual disturbances. The prevalence of menstrual pain among the university students studied was very high (72.3), while the experience of irregular menstrual cycles was very low (12.9). Multiple logistic regressions demonstrated that menstrual pain was affected by early age at menarche, early birth order, longer length of menstrual flow and high family income. Students suffering from irregular menstrual cycles displayed a delay in menarche, longer duration of menstrual flow and larger body mass index (BMI) values. Moreover, stepwise logistic regression showed that age at menarche, birth order, duration of menstrual flow and family income were the most important factors influencing menstrual pain. Age at menarche, duration of menstrual flow and BM I were found to be the most important factors affecting irregular menstrual cycles. These results suggest that age at menarche and duration of menstrual flow are significant common factors which affect menstrual pain and irregular menstrual cycles. Consequently, menstrual disturbance can be considered as one of the major health problems of Bangladeshi university female students and requires attention.

    Item Type: Article
    Creators:
    1. Hossain, M.G.
    2. Sabiruzzaman, M.
    3. Islam, S.
    4. Hisyam, R.Z.
    5. Lestrel, P.E.
    6. Kamarul , T.(Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA)
    Journal or Publication Title: Anthropological Science
    Additional Information: National Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence for Research and Learning, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Menstrual disturbance, university students, Bangladesh, logistic regression
    Subjects: R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2012 10:29
    Last Modified: 05 Jun 2012 10:29
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3207

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