• Tina Ioana Bobei PhD
Keywords: dysmenorrhea; students; menstruation; prevalence; risk factors


The aims of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of dysmenorrhea among female medical students and to assess the factors that may be involved in its occurrence. We carried out a prospective, analytical and observational study. We used 59 questions organized in our original questionnaire and we collected information about menstrual cycles, lifestyle and medical history of the students. A p value less than 0.05 represents the limit of significance. An impressive large number of 1720 students answered to our questionnaire. We found out that 78.4% of participants have dysmenorrhea. Menstrual pain was statistically significant associated with regular coffee consumption (p = 0.003). The intensity of pain is not influenced by the use of internal tampons (p = 0.205) or by sexual contact during menstruation (p = 0.887). The age of the first menstruation did not correlate statistically significant with the intensity of pain (p = 0.845). Dysmenorrhea is a very common condition among medical students. There are a lot of risk factors related to lifestyle or medical history that contribute to its occurrence.


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