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Women's Attitudes About Menstruation and Associated Health and Behavioral Characteristics

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Objective: To examine the relationships between attitudes towards menstruation, health, and behavioral characteristics.

Methods: The 136 women who completed questionnaires varied in their sexual activity, sexual orientation, and use of hormonal contraception.

Results: Women's estimated cycle length was accurate when compared to observed cycle length (F (3,156) = .05; P = .98). Smokers had decreased durations of flow (P < .01). Depo-Provera users were less likely to view menstruation as natural compared to abstinent, sexually active heterosexuals or those using traditional oral contraception (F (5,141) = 2.43; P = .04).

Conclusions: Hormonal contraception use, but not sexual orientation, was associated with attitudes about menstruation.

Keywords: appearance; hormonal contraception; sexual orientation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2010

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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