Menstrual disorders and their adverse symptoms represent an important health issue for many women of child-bearing age. Aside from a deleterious effect on the individual’s private life, menstrual disorders are being increasingly recognized as having significant implications at work. This is particularly relevant in occupations such as nursing, where the majority of staff is female. Various investigations have identified the prevalence, distribution, and risk factors associated with menstrual disorders, both in the general community and within the nursing profession. Overall, it is clear that menstrual disorders and their adverse symptoms represent an important occupational health challenge for modern nursing.Future interventions specifically aimed at reducing the work-related burden of these issues should be urgently considered. A more dedicated commitment from higher management regarding the overall health of nurses at work is also required.
Nursing and Health Sciences Vol. 10, Issue 3, p. 222-228