Severe perimenstrual symptoms: prevalence and effects on absenteeism and health care seeking in a non-clinical sample.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Three hundred eight nursing students were classified into three perimenstrual severity groups based on their responses to the Moos Menstrual Distress Questionnaire, disregarding the number of symptoms reported. The prevalence of severe perimenstrual symptoms was 44% for strong symptoms and 18% for acute symptoms. Severity was significantly related to perimenstrual absence and to health care seeking for menstrual disorders, dysmenorrhea, and for gynecological disorders unrelated to menstruation. Severity was not significantly related to non-gynecological absence or health care seeking for non-gynecological disorders. Severe menstrual symptoms, particularly dysmenorrhea, had more of an effect on absenteeism and health care seeking than severe premenstrual symptoms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Busch, CM; Costa, PT; Whitehead, WE; Heller, BR

Published Date

  • 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 59 - 74

PubMed ID

  • 3232392

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3232392

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-0242

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1300/J013v14n01_05


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States