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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 63-66
Awareness of menstrual abnormality amongst college students in urban area of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

1 Department of Community Medicine, Obafemi Awolowo University ILE-IFE, Osun State, Nigeria
2 Department of Morbid Anatomy, Obafemi Awolowo University ILE-IFE, Osun State, Nigeria

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O A Esimai
Department of Community Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.62559

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Background: Disturbances of menstrual bleeding are major social and medical problem for women and account for high percentage of gynecological visit. Objectives: The objective of the study was to document menstrual abnormalities experienced by female college students, their awareness and health seeking behavior. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was undertaken, 400 students were selected using stratified sampling technique and interviewed using semi-structured self-administered questionnaire. Inferential statistical analysis such as Chi-square test and logistic regressions were carried out. Results: The mean age at menarche was 14.18 years. Irregular menstrual cycles were reported in 9.0%. Dysmenorrhea was present in 62.5%, and 12.5% reported school absenteeism. Students' awareness of menstrual abnormalities was poor (29%). A few of them (10.5%) decided to seek help for menstrual abnormalities. The awareness of students on menstrual abnormalities was significantly influenced by their age (OR = 2.33, P = 0.03); however, age at menarche and level of study did not influence their awareness (OR = 0.45, P = 0.24 and OR = 1.42, P = 0.12). History of dysmenorrheal (OR = 10.2, P = 0.001) and academic disturbance (OR = 5.45, P = 0.001) had significant influence on the health seeking behavior of the students. Conclusion: There was a general lack of information about menstrual issues and when to seek help. There is a need to educate female college students about menstrual issues in order to improve their health seeking behavior as regards menstrual abnormalities.

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