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Le sang menstruel : études des représentations et des comportements de femmes sous contraception

Abstract : Objectives: To study the representations and experiences of menstrual blood and induced amenorrhea and their impact on the choice of a contraceptive method for women under contraception.Methods. – This qualitative study was based on semi-structured interviews with women over age 18, under contraception. Results: Twenty-three interviews were conducted; each lasting between 14 to 60 minutes. Women were of various ages and socio-economic classes. Menarche has been a negative experience for most of them, and we know that it influences their menstrual attitudes. Two categories, positive and negative, of representations and experiences of menstrual blood were found in this analysis. First, women with a positive experience, who consider their bleeding as necessary for the purification of their bodies and for procreation. On the contrary, those who consider these bleeds as a source of physical and moral suffering. Women with positive representations are very reluctant to the idea of ​​ induced amenorrhea. And those with negative representations would more readily accept induced amenorrhea as an alternative, relieving them of their pains. Age and family situations are factors of influence on the representations of menstrual blood and induced amenorrhea. Conclusion: There is no standard profile in our study concerning women wishing induced amenorrhea or not in their contraception. Woman contraceptive choice criteria for menstrual blood seems to be specific and evolving during her lifetime. The contraceptive method chosen should correspond to patient representations of the menstrual blood.
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Sylvie Fernandez. Le sang menstruel : études des représentations et des comportements de femmes sous contraception. Sciences du Vivant [q-bio]. 2018. ⟨dumas-02414609⟩



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