To bleed or not to bleed: young women's attitudes toward menstrual suppression.

Research paper by Ingrid I Johnston-Robledo, Melissa M Ball, Kimberly K Lauta, Ann A Zekoll

Indexed on: 11 Dec '03Published on: 11 Dec '03Published in: Women & health


The purpose of this study was to investigate women's knowledge about and attitudes toward the medical suppression of menstruation. One hundred and three female undergraduate students completed several questionnaires. Thirty-five percent of the participants were familiar with menstrual suppression, and 12% reported using birth control methods to suppress their menses; oral contraceptive users were more knowledgeable about menstrual suppression than other women. Women who regarded menstruation as bothersome and shameful were more supportive of suppression than women with more positive attitudes. Women who scored higher on measures of body consciousness were not more likely to support menstrual suppression or to report a desire for more information about menstrual suppression. Future investigations of women's attitudes toward menstrual suppression could inform reproductive health care and health education.