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ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2013, Article ID 918179, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/918179
Research Article

The Effects of Menorrhagia on Women’s Quality of Life: A Case-Control Study

1Midwifery Department, Cukurova University Adana Health High School, Balcali Kampusu, Saricam, 01330 Adana, Turkey
2Istanbul University Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Nursing, Sisli, 34387 Istanbul, Turkey
3Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Sehremini, 34104 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 23 May 2013; Accepted 13 June 2013

Academic Editors: R. Kimmig and L. C. Zeferino

Copyright © 2013 Sule Gokyildiz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. The purpose of this study is to identify menstruation characteristics of the women and the effects of menorrhagia on women’s quality of life. Methods. The study was designed as a descriptive, case-control one. Results. Of the women in the case group, 10.9% stated that their menstrual bleeding was severe and very severe before complaints while 73.2% described bleeding as severe or very severe after complaints. Among those who complained about menorrhagia, 46.7% pointed that they used hygienic products that are more protective than regular sanitary pads. Women also stated that their clothes, bed linens, and furniture got dirty parallel to the severity of the bleeding. In all subscales of SF-36 scale, quality of life of the women in the menorrhagia group was significantly lower than the ones in the control group ( ). Conclusion. Menorrhagia has negative effects on women’s quality of life. Therefore, quality of life of the women consulting the clinics with menorrhagia complaint should be investigated and effective approaches should be designed.