Women’s preferences for menstrual bleeding frequency: results of the Inconvenience Due to Women’s Monthly Bleeding (ISY) survey

Rossella E. Nappi, Christian Fiala, Nathalie Chabbert-Buffet, Günther Häusler, Christian Jamin, Iñaki Lete, Monika Lukasiewic, Axelle Pintiaux, Paloma Lobo

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Abstract

Objectives: Our aim was to assess the level of inconvenience associated with monthly bleeding, determine how many women would prefer a bleeding frequency of less than once a month, and what would motivate their choice. Methods: A 15-min quantitative online survey was carried out among 2883 women aged between 18 and 45 years in six European countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland and Spain). Results: Of those surveyed, 1319 women used a combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC group) and 1564 used a non-hormonal contraceptive or no contraceptive (non-HC group). The menstrual period was significantly longer (5 vs. 4.5 days), heavier (16% vs. 8% heavy menstrual flow) and associated with more symptoms (6.1 vs. 5.6) in non-HC users than in CHC users (p 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Mar 23 2016

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • menstrual bleeding
  • menstrual symptoms
  • oral contraception
  • preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Reproductive Medicine

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