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J Health Psychol. 2014 Oct;19(10):1334-44. doi: 10.1177/1359105313490313. Epub 2013 Jul 1.

The personal experience of dysmenorrhoea: an interpretative phenomenological analysis.

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1
University College London Medical School, UK.
2
City University London, UK.

Abstract

This study explored six women's experiences of primary dysmenorrhoea using semi-structured interviews analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Rather than focusing on pain, participants broadened the study focus to coping with the menstrual process as a whole. This was seen to be mediated by menstrual taboos and by the theme of 'order', arising from a strong feeling of a menstrual timetable and the need for rational explanation. Another theme was pain as a separate entity, which was connected to the theme of order. Placing dysmenorrhoea in its context may be useful for health-care professionals treating women with the condition.

KEYWORDS:

adults; health psychology; interpretative phenomenological analysis; qualitative methods; women’s health

PMID:
23818503
DOI:
10.1177/1359105313490313
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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