• Naheed Parveen
  • Rehana Majeed
  • Nishat Zehra
  • Uzma Rajar
  • Aftab A Munir


Background: Dysmenorrhoea is the term for painful menstruation. It is a commongynaecological complaint among female adolescent. The objective of this study was to assessattitude and knowledge about treatment of dysmenorrhoea among medical students of IsraUniversity. Methods: This study was conducted at Isra University Hyderabad. Nonprobability, convenient random selection from MBBS student was done. Participants includedwere 18–25 years of ages, irrespective of marital status. Girls with irregular menstrual cycles,primary or secondary amenorrhea were excluded from the study. Pre-designed questionnairewas filled by the students. Results: A total of 197 female medical students were recruited,dysmenorrhoea was reported in 76%, of these 62.43% had primary and 13.19% had secondarydysmenorrhoea. Majority 89 (59.70%) of the girls had mild G1 to moderate 48 (32.21%) G2dysmenorrhoea and twelve 8.05% were with sever dysmenorrhoea. The most commonsymptoms observed were abdominal cramps 94 (63%), irritability 91 (61.07%), headache 41(24.5%) and vomiting 34 (22.8%). Different attitudes of students were assessed, that 40.6% ofsubjects can not do their routine work and 19.3% remain absent from education place. Only69.5% students were using commercial pads, 67% girls were not taking bath and 92.4% werenot doing exercise during menstruation, only 15 (7.6%) were doing exercise from the studypopulation. Simple analgesic was the most known drug to 49.7% of participants for relief ofdysmenorrhoea pain. Conclusion: Dysmenorrhoea is a common problem among young girls,and it significantly affects their class attendance, academic performance and routine work.Even being medical students, strong cultural believes were observed regarding menstrualcycle. Attitudinal changes are necessary to develop, educational strategies, appropriate use ofmedications and consultation with physician, to empower these young girls regarding healthylife-style.Keywords: dysmenorrhoea, medical students, associated symptoms, attitude, treatment


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