Vol. 3, Issue 7 (2017)
Body mass index and incidence of menorrhagia among adolescent female undergraduate students in Nigeria
Author(s): Akwu Bala Peter, Shaibu Gabriel Ocholi
Abstract: Menstruation is a normal physiological feature of development among adolescent females but also pose significant challenge as its presentation has the capacity to the affect quality of life if the blood flow is above tolerance level. This study is a descriptive study which attempts to investigate the relationship between Body Mass Index menorrhagia, as well as the strength and direction of the relationships among adolescent female undergraduate students in Nigeria. The purpose of this study is to provide evidence based description of the strength and direction of the relationship between Body Mass Index and menorrhagia for conselling and healthcare intervention. Using purposive sampling techniques, a total of 421 students were recruited to respond to a modified questionnaire. Data obtained were analysed using frequency distribution charts as well as pearson correlation test and presented in figures and tables. Findings generally revealed that there is a correlation between Body Mass Index and menorrhagia among students while the strengths and direction of the relationships differ across the difference indices of height, weight, waist circumference, hip circumference and waist- hip ratio. Recommendations on the basis of these findings include: education, counseling and female adolescent friendly healthcare provision.