Pain so severe, some skip school


By Ng Wan Ching

February 23, 2010

ONE of the conclusions of a National University Hospital study was that menstrual problems among adolescent girls are common and significant.

Out of 5,561 girls aged 12 to 19, more than eight in 10 reported various degrees of painful menstruation.

Among these, four in 10 classified their pain as mild, one in two as moderate, and one in 10 as severe.

The pain can be so bad, 24 out of every 100 girls reported being absent from school as a result, said the study by doctors from NUH’s department of obstetrics and gynaecology.

A second study was conducted by Bayer Schering Pharma last year among 139 students aged 19 to 20 at Raffles Place Park, Republic Polytechnic and Nanyang Technological University.

It found that a significant number of young women, about 6 per cent, suffer from severe PMT.

Physical symptoms of PMT include food and alcohol cravings, headaches, skin problems, swollen joints, water retention, weakness and weight gain.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.