This situation not only
has a significant effect on the quality of life and personal health but also has a global economic impact. In Zambia, very
little is known about the distribution and impact of dysmenorrhea on the daily lives of females that experience it. This
study assessed the knowledge, attitudes and practices of analgesic use among female students with dysmenorrhea at the
Copperbelt University-School of Medicine, prevalence of dysmenorrhea and its impact on their daily lives.Methodology
A cross-sectional study using a self-administered questionnaire was used to obtain data from 273 randomly selected
female students. Data was analyzed using SPSS22. Association between different variables was tested.Conclusion
This study found the prevalence to be 89.38% among female students at CBU-SOM. Although, the majority of
students had adequate knowledge and a positive attitude towards dysmenorrhea and its medical management, they had
poor health-care seeking practices. Dysmenorrhea has a significant negative impact on the student’s daily lives and as such
should be a public health concern.
Keywords Knowledge, attitudes, practices, prevalence, impact, dysmenorrhea, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic use, female student, CBU-SOM.