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April/May 2009 (vol. 05/6)

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Work stress and dysmenorrhoea

One in five women in a study of 821 pre-menopausal, non-pregnant female employees in Hungary reported menstrual pain that limited their daily activity. After adjusting for age, body mass and other confounding factors, effort–reward imbalance and work over-commitment were significantly associated with increased risk of dysmenorrhoea (odds ratios 1.42 and 1.07 respectively). Although possible explanations are advanced, future research would need to determine if the relationship is causal.

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2009; 51(2): 157–163. 

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2009 (vol. 05/6) pp45