Reproductive health problems associated with thyroid disorders among health science students

Nitin Joseph, G. R. Aditya Reddy, Vishakha Patel, Divya Joy, Pooja Santhosh, Shatarupa Das, K. Siddharth Reddy

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Background: Thyroid disorders feature among the most frequent endocrine disorders in India. There is rarity of studies with respect to reproductive health problems faced by women with thyroid disorders. Objectives: This study was done to assess reproductive health problems among female students with thyroid disorders. Settings and Design: Cross sectional study done at a private medical, dental and nursing college. Method and Materials: Data was collected among female students using a self-administered questionnaire. Height and weight of all participants was recorded using standard procedures. Statistical Analysis: Chi square test Results: Mean age of the 466 participants was 20.4+1.5 years. As many as 25(5.4%) had thyroid disorders and all these were cases of hypothyroidism. Difficulty in maintaining ideal body weight (P=0.006) and trouble in controlling excess weight (P<0.001) in the past 6 months was significantly more among hypothyroid participants. Similarly these cases reported frequent late menstrual periods (P=0.027) and irregular menstrual periods (P=0.001) over the past 6 months. Overweight was significantly more among hypothyroid participants compared to others (P=0.045). Conclusions: Reproductive health problems were associated with hypothyroidism among participants in this settings. Suitable remedial measures added with awareness programs on these aspects needs to be conducted among students with hypothyroidism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-68
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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