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Table 4 Proportion of women reporting reproductive organ symptoms, their health seeking behavior and specific diagnosis using standard definition

From: Reproductive morbidity among Iranian women; issues often inappropriately addressed in health seeking behaviors

Morbidity Symptoms Percentage of women ØType of intervention (%)
   With aliment Sought intervention ¥Traditional intervention ¥¥modern intervention
Menstrual dysfunctions Dysmenorrhea 185/1047
(17.7%)
160/1047
(15.3%)
98/185
(53.0%)
62/185
(33.5%)
  Premenstrual syndrome 130/1047
(12.4%)
26/1047
(2.5%)
22/130
(16.9%)
4/130
(3.1%)
  Meno-metroragia 236/1047
(22.5%)
79/1047
(7.5%)
53/236
(22.5%)
26/236
(11.0%)
  Oligomenorrhea 59/1047
(5.6%)
42/1047
(4.0%)
10/59
(16.9%)
32/59
(54.2%)
*Total Menstrual dysfunctions - 336/1117
(30.1%)
170/1117
(15.2%)
101/336
(30.1%)
69/336
(20.5%)
Infertility - 72/869
(8.3%)
63/869
(7.2%)
9/72
(12.5%)
54/72
(75.0%)
Reproductive tract infections Abnormal vaginal discharge 256/967
(26.5%)
146/967
(15.1%)
98/256
(38.3)
48/256
(18.8%)
  Itching or irritation in vaginal area 129/967
(13.3%)
44/967
(4.5%)
40/129
(31.0%)
4/129
(3.1%)
  Genital ulcers or sores 11/967
(1.1%)
11/967
(1.1%)
1/11
(9.1%)
10/11
(90.9)
**Reproductive tract infections - 364/967
(37.6%)
152/967
(15.7%)
102/364
(28.0%)
50/364
(13.7%)
Dyspareunia Painful sexual intercourse 103/917
(11.2%)
18/917
(2.0%)
8/103
(7.8%)
10/103
(9.7%)
Pelvic organ prolapse Stress incontinence 151/967
(15.6%)
33/967
(3.4%)
8/151
(5.3%)
25/151
(16.6%)
  Incomplete urination 80/967
(8.3%)
22/967
(2.3%)
6/80
(7.5%)
16/80
(20%)
  Incontinence gas passage 130/967
(13.4%)
42/967
(4.3%)
12/130
(9.2%)
30/130
(23.1%)
  Incomplete defecation 22/967
(2.3%)
17/967
(1.8%)
7/22
(31.8%)
10/22
(45.5%)
  Looseness of vaginal opening 140/967
(14.5%)
89/967
(9.2%)
41/140
(29.3%)
45/140
(32.1%)
***Total Pelvic organ prolapse - 400/967
(41.4%)
154/967
(15.9%)
82/400
(20.5%)
72/400
(18%)
  1. Ø women who used only traditional methods were considered as the users of traditional intervention; and women who used only modern methods or both traditional and modern methods were considered as the users of modern intervention
  2. * Defined according to the standard definition (references no. 20-24)
  3. ** Defined using the standard protocol for assessment of the genital infection (references no.19)
  4. *** Defined using the standard protocol for assessment of pelvic organ prolapse (reference no.18)
  5. ¥ Defined as Self treatment or treatments recommended by non specialists
  6. ¥¥ Defined as sing standard treatment protocol recommended by a specialist.