Heavy menstrual periods associated with economic loss

Heavy menstrual periods have significant economic implications for women in the workplace, according to a study compiled by a University of Alberta researcher. Heavy or otherwise abnormal menstrual bleeding is a common problem among women in the reproductive-age range. Until now, there is no evidence of its effect on absences from work.

Dr. David Cumming, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alberta, and his colleagues examined data from a national United States survey that included about 2800 women who had had a period within the previous 12 months. The women also had not taken medication containing estrogen (except past use of oral contraceptives), and had never been told they had reproductive cancer.

The research team found the heavy-flow group were less likely to have worked during the previous week--over a year, it is estimated these women worked 3.6 fewer weeks out of the year than did women with light or normal bleeding. Economically, women who miss work because of heavy periods lose about $1692 a year, the researchers found.

"We were not surprised by the findings," said Cumming. "I think that the problem has been underrated and probably underreported by patients to their employers. But to those women who have heavy, painful periods, it's not a small issue."

Women with heavy periods also had a dimmer view of their overall health--with 55 per cent rating their health as "excellent" or "very good" compared to 70% of women with low or normal flow. Characteristically, of the women in the study, those with heavier flow were younger, less likely to be white, less educated, more likely to be single and more likely to be in a family of more than two individuals.

Measured estimates of heavy periods are in the 10-15 per cent range and it is one of the four most common reasons to see a family physician, said Cumming.


Contact: Phoebe Dey
University of Alberta

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Heavy, lifetime alcohol users may be toasting metabolic syndrome
2. Heavy drinking raises the risk of early death after heart attack
3. Heavy drinkers use narcotics to relieve back pain, despite possible interactions, UMHS study finds
4. Heavy smokers see cigarettes as friends
5. Heavy alcohol consumption linked to colorectal cancer
6. Heavy drinkers seem to get a bigger bang from alcohol than do light drinkers
7. Heavy drinkers bear the heavy burden of bleeding stroke
8. Heavy drinking by both sexes is a cause for concern
9. Scientific forum addresses menstrual cycle as vital sign
10. Causes of menstrual migraine explored
11. Energy balance, not exercise, key to athletic menstrual disturbance

Post Your Comments:

(Date:1/14/2019)... ARCADIA, Ariz. (PRWEB) , ... January 14, 2019 , ... ... Asthma have opened a new clinic in Phoenix, Arcadia Allergy & Asthma. This new ... Indian School Road, making it a great one stop destination for any immunological and ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... January 14, 2019 , ... Yes, the Millennials love their Bluetooth ... Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), new tech is also finding a home in senior ... , queried respondents from a variety of organizations that work with older adults about ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... Va. (PRWEB) , ... January 15, 2019 , ... Early ... on Jan. 22 , Risk management is just plain hard, complicated, conflicted, confusing. And ... the changes in the process are not intended as “major”, the new standard adds ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... January 14, 2019 , ... ... use and availability of VARIZIG® (Varicella Zoster Immune Globulin [Human]) for post-exposure ... ). In the update, the CDC notes that VARIZIG is commercially available from ...
(Date:1/14/2019)... ... ... Well Providers of 2019. , Acupuncture, Dr. Wai Chu - Homdel , ... Dr. Joanna Jodar - Somerset , Dr. Barbara Knoll - Lavallette , ... Dr. Robert J. Reinhardt - Pequannock , Dr. Sylvester Rich - Bound Brook , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/7/2019)... ... January 07, 2019 , ... Dr. Joseph J. Rousso is a leading ... York City. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive ... both surgical and non-surgical procedures for the face and neck. Dr. Rousso is most ...
(Date:1/7/2019)... ... ... uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics, announced today the release of a new ... support in metabolizing alcohol. , In the process of metabolizing alcohol, your microbiome ... your body. The new story provides an individualized abundance of two groups of gut ...
(Date:1/7/2019)... ... ... and Ankle Podiatry has been ranked the number one choice for numerous years but has ... the best review average on both Google Reviews and Yelp. Let us show you why ... and Livingston St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for numerous years. And finally let us show you ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: