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Menstrual problems experienced by women with learning disabilities

Menstrual problems experienced by women with learning disabilities
Menstrual problems experienced by women with learning disabilities
Background: menstruation appears to be problematic for women with learning disabilities, yet there has been little quantitative research on their experiences, or comparisons with other groups of women. This paper considers the nature and extent of menstrual problems experienced by women with learning disabilities.

Methods: the data reported here come from a cross-sectional postal questionnaire survey conducted with carers of 452 women, aged 14–55 years, who had learning disabilities.

Results: women with learning disabilities appear to be as likely to experience menstrual problems as other women. However, such problems may be experienced differently and more negatively and may not always be recognized appropriately.

Conclusions: more attention needs to be given to menstrual problems experienced by women with learning disabilities, both in research and in practice. It is particularly important that women with learning disabilities be supported to play a central role in recognizing and defining the problems they experience
1360-2322
364-373
Rodgers, Jackie
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Lipscombe, Jo
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Santer, Miriam
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Rodgers, Jackie
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Lipscombe, Jo
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Santer, Miriam
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Rodgers, Jackie, Lipscombe, Jo and Santer, Miriam (2006) Menstrual problems experienced by women with learning disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 19 (4), 364-373. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2006.00298.x).

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Abstract

Background: menstruation appears to be problematic for women with learning disabilities, yet there has been little quantitative research on their experiences, or comparisons with other groups of women. This paper considers the nature and extent of menstrual problems experienced by women with learning disabilities.

Methods: the data reported here come from a cross-sectional postal questionnaire survey conducted with carers of 452 women, aged 14–55 years, who had learning disabilities.

Results: women with learning disabilities appear to be as likely to experience menstrual problems as other women. However, such problems may be experienced differently and more negatively and may not always be recognized appropriately.

Conclusions: more attention needs to be given to menstrual problems experienced by women with learning disabilities, both in research and in practice. It is particularly important that women with learning disabilities be supported to play a central role in recognizing and defining the problems they experience

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Published date: November 2006
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 353430
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/353430
ISSN: 1360-2322
PURE UUID: e7d3e4e7-fdf9-445f-9a42-5210c5b5d928
ORCID for Miriam Santer: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7264-5260

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Date deposited: 06 Jun 2013 10:14
Last modified: 17 Dec 2019 01:42

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Author: Jackie Rodgers
Author: Jo Lipscombe
Author: Miriam Santer ORCID iD

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