Preconception Monitoring of Women's Ovulation Time and Other Menstrual Changes: A Pilot Study

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156349
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Presentation
Title:
Preconception Monitoring of Women's Ovulation Time and Other Menstrual Changes: A Pilot Study
Abstract:
Preconception Monitoring of Women's Ovulation Time and Other Menstrual Changes: A Pilot Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2011
Author:Ayoola, Adejoke B., PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Calvin College
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Gail Landheer Zandee MSN, RN, Community Partnership Development Coordinator
Dianne Slager MSN, RN, APRNBC, Assistant Professor
Cheryl Feenstra PhD, RNC, Professor, department chair
[22nd International Nursing Research Congress - Research Presentation] Purpose: Self-monitoring of ovulation time and menstrual cycle changes will help women be more active in reproductive planning. Use and research with ovulation test strips had focused on fertility impairment, not its potential as a pregnancy planning health-promotion tool. This study examined whether adult low-income women would use a "Knowing your Body Kit (KBK)" as a pregnancy planning tool, including a unique use of ovulation test strips. It also looked at the ease of use of the KBK and women's subsequent ability to detect ovulation time and understand menstrual cycles. Methods: This pilot study, based on social cognitive theory, included 22 low-income women aged 18 to 39. A KBK was introduced during home visits by a community health worker/nursing student team. The KBK consisted of ovulation test strips, monthly menstrual log calendars, basal body temperature digital thermometer, graphs to chart temperature and educational brochures that contain information on female reproductive anatomy, hormones, menstrual cycle, birth controls, body temperature changes, characteristics of cervical mucus, and signs and symptoms of pregnancy. The women were interviewed 6-8 weeks later to confirm their experiences with the use of the KBK.
Results: Ninety-one percent used the ovulation test strips (mean=6.8 kits); 77.3%, 54.6% and 32% were very confident that they could properly use the ovulation strip, knew when they ovulated, and could use the thermometer to help them know when they were ovulating, respectively. Seventy-three percent of the women were comfortable using the ovulation test strips, 81.8%, 45.5% and 31.8% were comfortable using the thermometer, temperature graph, and the 2-day fluid/mucus observation, respectively. Conclusion: The KBK provides a new opportunity for low-income women to know their bodies by monitoring their ovulation time and other menstrual changes as a pregnancy planning tool.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePreconception Monitoring of Women's Ovulation Time and Other Menstrual Changes: A Pilot Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156349-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Preconception Monitoring of Women's Ovulation Time and Other Menstrual Changes: A Pilot Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2011</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Ayoola, Adejoke B., PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Calvin College</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">aba3@calvin.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Gail Landheer Zandee MSN, RN, Community Partnership Development Coordinator<br/>Dianne Slager MSN, RN, APRNBC, Assistant Professor<br/>Cheryl Feenstra PhD, RNC, Professor, department chair</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[22nd International Nursing Research Congress - Research Presentation] Purpose: Self-monitoring of ovulation time and menstrual cycle changes will help women be more active in reproductive planning. Use and research with ovulation test strips had focused on fertility impairment, not its potential as a pregnancy planning health-promotion tool. This study examined whether adult low-income women would use a &quot;Knowing your Body Kit (KBK)&quot; as a pregnancy planning tool, including a unique use of ovulation test strips. It also looked at the ease of use of the KBK and women's subsequent ability to detect ovulation time and understand menstrual cycles. Methods: This pilot study, based on social cognitive theory, included 22 low-income women aged 18 to 39. A KBK was introduced during home visits by a community health worker/nursing student team. The KBK consisted of ovulation test strips, monthly menstrual log calendars, basal body temperature digital thermometer, graphs to chart temperature and educational brochures that contain information on female reproductive anatomy, hormones, menstrual cycle, birth controls, body temperature changes, characteristics of cervical mucus, and signs and symptoms of pregnancy. The women were interviewed 6-8 weeks later to confirm their experiences with the use of the KBK. <br/>Results: Ninety-one percent used the ovulation test strips (mean=6.8 kits); 77.3%, 54.6% and 32% were very confident that they could properly use the ovulation strip, knew when they ovulated,&nbsp;and could use the thermometer to help them know when they were ovulating, respectively. Seventy-three percent of the women were comfortable using the ovulation test strips, 81.8%, 45.5% and 31.8% were comfortable using the thermometer, temperature graph, and the 2-day fluid/mucus observation, respectively. Conclusion: The KBK provides a new opportunity for low-income women to know their bodies by monitoring their ovulation time and other menstrual changes as a pregnancy planning tool.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T14:41:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T14:41:44Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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