Situational and relational factors associated with coitus during vaginal bleeding among adolescent women

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Menstruation is a normal, developmental event anchored in contradictory value systems. Although it demarcates a transition to womanhood, it is often associated with negative sentiments such as shame, camouflage, and discomfort. Certain behavioral expectations, including avoiding sexual intercourse, also accompany menstruation. Research generally has suggested that sex does decrease during menstruation. However, not all sexual activity is suppressed during menses; both individual and relationship factors provide influence. Accordingly, this study investigated situational and relational factors associated with the day-to-day likelihood of sex and vaginal bleeding among 387 (aged 14-17 at enrollment) adolescent women. Generalized estimating equation logistic regression, in SUDAAN 9.0, was used. Predictors of coitus and bleeding included recent sexual activity; past coitus/bleeding; marijuana use before intercourse; and higher partner support, higher sexual interest, and lower feelings of being in love. The findings highlight appropriate areas of focus for information, education, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention counseling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-277
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Sex Research
Volume44
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007

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Situational and relational factors associated with coitus during vaginal bleeding among adolescent women. / Hensel, Devon; Fortenberry, J.; Orr, Donald P.

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