Work-related stress factors and menstrual pain: A nation-wide representative survey

Krisztina D. László, Zsuzsa Gyorffy, Szilvia Ádám, Csilla Csoboth, Mária S. Kopp

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Abstract

While imposing research has been conducted with respect to the biological determinants of painful menstruation, little is known about the psychosocial factors, including work-related stress that might influence menstrual pain. We conducted a study in which we aimed to determine besides the prevalence of dysmenorrhoea whether menstrual pain was associated with job control, co-worker social support, job security and dissatisfaction with the job. Data of 2772 working women aged 18-55 years, participants in the Hungarostudy 2002 nation-wide representative survey was analyzed. Binary logistic regression was used to determine the association between work stress factors and menstrual pain. Altogether 15.5% of women reported to experience menstrual pain that limits their daily activity. Low job control, low co-worker social support and low job security were found to be associated with a higher risk for menstrual pain even after controlling for the effect of age, educational attainment, parity status, smoking, body-mass index and treatment for gynecological problems. Job dissatisfaction was also related to dysmenorrhoea, albeit not significantly. The relationship between work-related psychosocial factors and painful menstruation deserves further investigation in order to determine the possible pathways of this association.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 30 2008

Keywords

  • Job control
  • Job dissatisfaction
  • Job security
  • Menstrual pain
  • Work stress
  • Workplace social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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