Anusha Dilawar, Alina Khalid
Objectives: To assess the factors affecting menstrual pattern in students of AIMC. To establish an association between menstrual health and factors like BMI, perceived stress, junk food, exercise, and circadian rhythm. Study Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study. Place and Duration: Allama Iqbal Medical College. Feb-April, 2019 Methodology: A total of 250 female students participated in the study by completing the questionnaire which dealt with lifestyle, menstrual history and menstrual health status. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 21.0. Results: The study revealed that out of total 250 participants, 179(76%) had regular menstrual cycle while 71(28.4%) had irregularity in their menses. Incidence of menstrual irregularity was higher in junk food consumers and individuals having high stress scores, whereas exercise, BMI, and circadian rhythm did not show any significant association with irregularity. Conclusion: Despite being in a medical profession, the students were unaware of the facts that stress and high junk food consumption can lead to deviation from normal menstrual cycle which could lead to further various abnormalities like polycystic ovarian disease, obesity and infertility.