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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 54-59

Risk factors associated with irregular menstrual cycle among young women


Department of Public Health, College of Public Health, Imam Abdulrehman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Mubashir Zafar
Department of Public Health, College of Public Health, Imam Abdulrehman Bin Faisal University, Dammam
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2394-4285.288716

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Background: Irregular menstrual cycle is common problem among young women (15–35 years). It is the major risk factor for sexually transmitted disease. The objective of this study is to determine the risk factors associated with irregular menstrual cycle among young women of age group 18–35 years. Methodology: Cross-sectional survey and 183 participants were selected through simple random sampling from the gynecology department of tertiary care hospital. Women whose age group was 18–35 years were included and structured validated questionnaire was used. Association between risk factors with irregular menstrual cycle was determined through logistic regression analysis. Results: Mean age of study participants was 24.5 (SD +/− 1.5) years. After adjustment of covariates the statistically significant association are women who have high parity (6–9 children) (OR 2.78, CI 1.96–8.07}, past medical history (OR 1.33, CI 1.38–2.92), used addicted substance (OR 5.41, CI 1.72–16.97), user of contraceptive (OR 1.21, CI 1.65–3.10), and family history of cancer (OR 3.61, CI 2.99–5.10). Conclusion: Women who have high parity, used addicted substance, and contraceptive users are the major determinants for irregular menstrual cycles. Health education and early identification and prompt treatment are the best solution for this important public issue.


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