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ISSN: 2251-1253. Volume 6, Issue 1, pp. 864-870

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Menstrual disorder and its impacts on academic performance of adolescent female undergraduate students in Nigeria



Akwu, Bala Peter and Shaibu, Gabriel Ocholi



1Faculty of Medicine, Kogi State University, Anyigba.

2Department of Sociology, Kogi State University, Anyigba.


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21st, March 2017



Akwu BP, Shaibu GO (2016). Menstrual disorder and its impacts on academic performance of adolescent female undergraduate students in Nigeria. Prim. Res. Edu. 6(1): 864-870



Menstruation is a natural phenomenon among women. However, it could pose severe challenge to the adolescent undergraduate students in the context of health and wellbeing with implications on their academic performance. Hence, an investigation into menstrual disorder and its impacts on academic performance. The paper specifically investigated the health disorders associated with menstruation as well as the impacts of menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea on academic performance of adolescent female undergraduate students. A total number of 421 students of Enugu Campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka were enlisted into the study using purposive sampling techniques. The data collected through the use of primary and secondary methods were analysed in percentage distribution and presented in tables using descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings of the study revealed that menstruation among adolescent female undergraduate student is implicated for severe health disorders arising from menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea. However, the result of the hypotheses revealed that menorrhagia and dysmenorrhea have no significant correlation with academic performance. Recommendations on the basis of these findings included social support, curriculum innovation and counseling. The purpose of this paper is to bring to the fore one of the nagging problems affecting female education in Nigeria. It is also imbued with the significance of sensitizing adolescent female undergraduate students as well as curriculum planners, university authorities and teachers on this social malady. This paper also has the potential impact for motivating curriculum innovation to cushion the impacts of menstrual disorders on academic performance of the vulnerable. However, one of the potential limitations of this study is the cultural belief of secrecy attached to menstruation among Africans which may stifle open discussion on the subject matter.

Key words:
Menstruation, Menstrual disorders, Menorrhagia, Dysmenorrhea, Adolescent Female undergraduate Students, Academic performance




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