Menstrual problems Among Women and their effect on the work at Omdurman Military Hospital 2018

Saadia A.G, Faiza. A.N


Background: Menstrual Problem is a common health discomfort affecting femalesthat are of sufficient severity to interfere with some aspects of life as physical, psychological and emotional, leading to reduction in a woman’s working efficiency, having an impact on the whole sphere of communications in professional, employment prospects and personal life. This study aimed to determine menstrual problemsand their effect on the work.

Methods: A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted on one hundred of non-health care worker women that recruited randomly in this study. Data were collected by   structured interview questionnaireand check list for assessing menstrual symptoms, menstrual problems, and daily life activities in work. Data were analyzedused suitable statistical methods.

Results: The study revealed that 89% of participants their age between 20-40 years, 45% of them were single and most of them their education level were secondary school and university (33%,55%) respectively. Their age of first menstruation range between 11 and 17 years with mean age of (13.19±1.2SD). Majority of women have regular menstruation 79%. The length of menstrual flow varies ( 3, 5 and 7 days)(91%), with duration of the cycle  range 18-21 days or up to 35 days (54%, 43%) respectively. Premenstrual syndrome occurs among 7% of women and menstrual symptom occurs among 60% of them. Psychological changes exist among them with average 43%. Menstrual problems and effect on their work was found among 47% of them. Women manage their symptoms with alternative therapy 79%, or medical therapy 36% while physical methods used by 45%.  Conclusion:  Menstrual problem was very prevalence among women and effect of daily activities in work. Women managed their symptomsby pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods.

Key wards: Working Women, Menarche ,  Menstrual Problem

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