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Management of menstrual disorder in adolescent girls with intellectual disabilities: a blessing or a curse?

Abu Ishak, Nurkhairulnisa and Kah, Teik Chew and Zainuddin, Ani Amelia and Lim, Pei Shan and Shafie, Mohd Nassir and Kampan, Nirmala and Wan Ismail, Wan Salwina and Grover, Sonia and Abdul Ghani, Nur Azurah (2018) Management of menstrual disorder in adolescent girls with intellectual disabilities: a blessing or a curse? Hindawi Obstetrics & Gynaecology International, 2018. pp. 1-5. ISSN 1687-9589 E-ISSN 1687-9597

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Objective. This study aims to describe the menstrual pattern and menstrual care of girls with intellectual disabilities and to evaluate the impact of menstruation and awareness of parents/guardians on girls with intellectual disabilities. Methodology. Parents/guardians of girls aged 9–17 years with known intellectual disabilities who attended a scheduled public forum and Paediatrics and Adolescent Gynaecology Clinic (PAC) were recruited in a questionnaire-based study. Results. A total of 123 parents/guardians with a mean age of 41.83 ± 5.45 years completed the questionnaire. The mean age of girls with intellectual disabilities was 12.28 ± 2.78 years, and the mean menarcheal age was 11.12 ± 1.76 years. Only 53 (43.1%) parents/guardians were aware of availability of menstrual suppression. Parents/guardians with lower family income (OR = 0.00; 95% CI = 0.00–0.20), unable to manage menses (OR = 0.03; 95% CI = 0.00–0.61), and moderate severity of menses (OR = 0.01; 95% CI = 0.00–1.21), were associated with seeking medical help on menstrual suppression. The factors associated with parents/guardians requesting for sterilization were lower family income (OR = 0.02; 95% CI = 0.00–0.36) and concern about sexual abuse (OR = 0.25; 95% CI = 0.06–0.39). Conclusion. Menstrual pattern in girls with intellectual disabilities is similar to those without disabilities. Parents/guardians’ knowledge and awareness on menstrual suppression were still lacking.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7486/66388
Uncontrolled Keywords: Menstrual; Adolescent; Disability; Paediatric; Menstrual suppression
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Obstetric & Gynecology
Depositing User: salina mohammad
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 09:16
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 09:16
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/66388

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