Table 5

Severity of pain symptoms in the last 12 month: Comparison of diagnosed women with uterine fibroids and women without a diagnosis of uterine fibroids

Women

    with
a diagnosis of uterine fibroids

Women

    without
a diagnosis of uterine fibroids

p-value*


Cramping during menstrual period

N

527

8033

p < 0.001

Mean ± SD

6.9 ± 2.4

6.2 ± 2.3


Pain during menstrual bleeding or period

N

609

8315

p < 0.001

Mean ± SD

6.7 ± 2.5

6.2 ± 2.3


Chronic pelvic pain (i.e. all or most days of the month)

N

107

441

0.356

Mean ± SD

6.7 ± 2.7

6.6 ± 2.4


Menstrual/period cramps in the abdominal (belly) area just before menstrual bleeding starts

N

477

7429

p < 0.001

Mean ± SD

6.3 ± 2.5

5.7 ± 2.4


Pain when going to the toilet

N

106

807

0.002

Mean ± SD

6.5 ± 2.4

5.7 ± 2.5


Pain after my menstrual bleeding/period

N

138

796

p < 0.001

Mean ± SD

6.3 ± 2.5

5.6 ± 2.4


Painful sexual intercourse

N

211

1414

0.020

Mean ± SD

6.2 ± 2.6

5.8 ± 2.4


Pressure on the bladder or inside the abdomen

N

309

2308

p < 0.001

Mean ± SD

5.9 ± 2.4

5.0 ± 2.4


Pain occurring mid-cycle/during ovulation (approx. 10 days after the end of my period)

N

309

2581

p < 0.001

Mean ± SD

5.8 ± 2.6

5.0 ± 2.5


2-test applied

Zimmermann et al. BMC Women's Health 2012 12:6   doi:10.1186/1472-6874-12-6

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