Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129--133

Dysmenorrhea among female students at a Teaching Hospital in South-Western Nigeria


Folasade Adenike Bello1, Oriyomi Omotoyosi Akinyotu2, Kehinde Hussein Odubamowo2 
1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Oriyomi Omotoyosi Akinyotu
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Hospital, PMB 5116, Ibadan
Nigeria

Context: Dysmenorrhea is common and can be severe, hampering women's quality of life. Aims: This study aimed to assess the prevalence and factors associated with dysmenorrhea in a population of young females and to explore the impact on routine activity and proven relief measures experienced by this group. Settings and Design: This is a cross-sectional, observational study among female medical and nursing students at a tertiary health care facility in South-Western Nigeria. Subjects and Methods: It was a questionnaire study carried out among 360 female students. Explanatory variables were age, parity, use of combined oral contraception, and first-degree family history of dysmenorrhea. The main outcome variable was the presence of dysmenorrhea. Statistical Analysis Used: Data were analyzed by Chi-square test and logistic regression (P < 0.05). Results: All respondents had attained menarche at 12.4 ± 1.2 years; 299 (83.1%) reported dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorrhea constituted 63.6%; secondary was 19.4%. Younger respondents (teenagers) and married females were significantly less likely to suffer dysmenorrhea, while nonusers of oral contraceptives were more likely to. Period pain precluded usual activity in 48.8% of sufferers; 39.5% had missed classes on account of it; however, only 10% had sought medical care. The most effective treatment used was piroxicam (an antiprostaglandin drug). On multivariate analysis, increasing age (Odds ratio-10.6 [95% Confidence Interval: 3.4-34.0]) was significantly associated with dysmenorrhea. Conclusions: Dysmenorrhea is a highly prevalent problem among this population. Women should be encouraged to seek medical care to limit the debility that arises from dysmenorrhea. Some women may benefit from investigations and definitive treatment.


How to cite this article:
Bello FA, Akinyotu OO, Odubamowo KH. Dysmenorrhea among female students at a Teaching Hospital in South-Western Nigeria.Trop J Obstet Gynaecol 2017;34:129-133


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Bello FA, Akinyotu OO, Odubamowo KH. Dysmenorrhea among female students at a Teaching Hospital in South-Western Nigeria. Trop J Obstet Gynaecol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Jun 26 ];34:129-133
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