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Contraception. 2006 May;73(5):537-41. Epub 2006 Mar 13.

What is the desired menstrual frequency of women without menstruation-related symptoms?

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, San Martino Hospital and University of Genoa, 16132 Genoa, Italy.



This study aimed to investigate the desired menstrual frequency of subjects without menstruation-related symptoms.


The study included 270 women of reproductive age. Women with menstrual headache, dysmenorrhea, hypermenorrhea and/or premenstrual syndrome were excluded. The study subjects completed a standardized questionnaire.


Of the women, 75.6% declared that menstrual periods interfere with their sexual life, 28.8% preferred not having their menstrual period when at work and 48.4% reported that menstrual periods interfere with practicing sports. Given the choice, 28.5% of the women would desire amenorrhea and 27.8% would prefer a reduction in the frequency of menstrual periods. Of the 152 women desiring to reduce menstrual frequency, 73.0% declared that they would accept to use a drug to reduce menstrual frequency.


Over 50% of women without menstruation-related symptoms would like to lessen the frequency of menstrual periods and about 50% of them would desire amenorrhea.

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