Is exercise associated with primary dysmenorrhoea in young women?

H Blakey, C Chisholm, F Dear, B Harris, R Hartwell, Amanda Daley, Catherine Jolly

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    Anecdotal beliefs that exercise is an effective treatment for primary dysmenorrhoea have prevailed for many years although evidence is contradictory. Previous studies have also contained a number of methodological inadequacies. A questionnaire that assessed menstrual pain and levels of exercise was administered to 654 university students. Attempts were made to blind the purpose of the study. A response rate of 91.3% (597/654) was obtained. Analyses showed no association between participation in exercise and primary dysmenorrhoea. Prospective studies would be useful in further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2009


    • exercise primary
    • menstrual pain
    • Dysmenorrhoea


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