Poor Correlation of Stress Levels and Menstrual Patterns among Medical Students

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Mini Sood
Ambigga Devi
Azlinawati Aqil Mohd Daher
Salmi Razali
Hapizah Nawawi
Sareena Hashim
Mohd Tahir


Background: There are conflicting reports about the effect of psychological stress upon menstruation. We studied menstrual patterns and stress in 254 undergraduate medical students. Method: All girls of years one and two were included. The students maintained menstrual records over six months. DASS questionnaires measured stress. Salivary cortisol levels were also measured. Results: In year 1 and 2 students, persisting normal cycles were 39.4% and 36.5%; normal becoming abnormal were 28.8% and 23.1%; abnormal becoming normal were 19.2% and 17.3%; persisting abnormal were 12.5% and 23.1% . Students with moderate to severe stress (20% and 21%) had less stress at six months (13% and 15%) Comment: Most students have normal menstrual patterns, and no stress. Stress if present tends to decrease with time. There is no clear association between psychological stress and menstrual abnormality.

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Sood, M., Devi, A., Mohd Daher, A. A., Razali, S., Nawawi, H., Hashim, S., & Tahir, M. (2017). Poor Correlation of Stress Levels and Menstrual Patterns among Medical Students. Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies, 2(5), 73–78. https://doi.org/10.21834/jabs.v2i5.221


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