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Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2012 Aug;17(4):270-83. doi: 10.3109/13625187.2012.684811. Epub 2012 Jul 3.

Women's attitudes towards monthly bleeding: results of a global population-based survey.

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Centre for Cancer Prevention, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, London, UK. a.szarewski@qmul.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Monthly bleeding can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Fifty years after the introduction of the pill, one wonders whether women still want to bleed every month.

METHODS:

Cross-national online survey of women aged 15-49 years (N = 4039) who were currently using, had used or would consider using a hormonal contraceptive. The survey was conducted in eight countries across Europe, North America and Latin America to assess attitudes towards monthly bleeding.

RESULTS:

Almost one-third of women reported that bleeding had a severe negative impact on their daily life, particularly with respect to sexual life and sports activities. Approximately 60% of women would, at least sometimes, like to postpone their bleeding and 50% wished they had the flexibility to determine when their menstrual bleeding starts. Overall, 34% of women would change the frequency of their bleeding to once every two or three months.

CONCLUSIONS:

Past, current or future users of hormonal contraception reported that bleeding has a severe negative impact on daily life. Given the choice, most women surveyed would reduce the frequency of their bleeding.

PMID:
22758651
DOI:
10.3109/13625187.2012.684811
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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