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

Simone Ferrero, Luiza Helena Abbamonte, Margherita Giordano, Franco Alessandri, Paola Anserini, Valentino Remorgida, Nicola Ragni

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Introduction: This study aimed to investigate the desired menstrual frequency of subjects without menstruation-related symptoms. Materials and Methods: 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. Results: 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. Conclusions: 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-541
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


  • Amenorrhea
  • Attitudes
  • Menstruation
  • Quality of life
  • Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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