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The personal experience of dysmenorrhoea: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

Burbeck, R. & Willig, C. (2014). The personal experience of dysmenorrhoea: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(10), pp. 1334-1344. doi: 10.1177/1359105313490313


This study explored 6 women’s experiences of primary dysmenorrhoea using semi-structured interviews analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Rather than focusing on pain, participants broadened the study focus to coping with the menstrual process as a whole. This was seen to be mediated by menstrual taboos and by the theme of ‘order’, arising from a strong feeling of a menstrual timetable and the need for rational explanation. Another theme was pain as a separate entity, which was connected to the theme of order. Placing dysmenorrhoea in its context may be useful for healthcare professionals treating women with the condition.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2014
Publisher Keywords: interpretative phenomenological analysis, qualitative methods, women’s health, health psychology, adults
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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