A descriptive study was conducted to survey females who are obese and determine what problems they encounter with menses. The researcher hypothesized that when obese women are surveyed about menstrual problems and the degree of obesity is correlated to the presence of menstrual problems, there would be no significant correlation. In order to facilitate testing of this hypothesis, two operational hypotheses were drafted. The first operational hypothesis was that when the total number of menstrual problems was correlated with the degree of obesity there would be no significant correlation. The second operational hypothesis was that when menstrual problems were individually correlated to the degree of obesity, there will be no significant correlation. Data were collected from 19 subjects. All subjects were administered the Menstrual Symptomatology Fact Sheet. The scores of the menstrual problems were then correlated to degree of obesity utilizing the Pearson ^ at the .05 level of significance. A significant correlation between menstrual problems and degree of obesity which resulted in the researcher rejecting the first operational hypothesis. Additionally, 13 of the 19 menstrual problems correlated significantly with the degree of obesity. Therefore, the researcher rejected the second operational hypothesis. Thus, the researcher concluded that obese women do have significantly more menstrual problems.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Dr. Mary Patricia Curtis

Second Advisor

Dr. Phyllis W. Werner

Third Advisor

B. J. Landis

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Nursing Commons