Gynecologic pain related to occupational stress among female factory workers in Tianjin, China

Kristin K. Sznajder, Siobán D. Harlow, Sarah A. Burgard, Yanrang Wang, Cheng Han, Jing Liu

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Abstract

Background: Dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, and non-cyclic pelvic pain are health concerns for factory workers in China and may be increased by occupational stress. Objectives: To estimate the prevalence and demographic and occupational factors associated with three types of gynecologic pain among female factory workers in Tianjin. Methods: The study included 651 female workers from three factories in Tianjin, China. Logistic regression models were estimated to determine associations between occupational stress and gynecologic pain. Results: Occupational stress including high job strain, exhaustion, and stress related to working conditions was a risk factor for gynecologic pain. High job strain and poor job security were associated with an increased risk for dysmenorrhea. Compulsory overtime and exhaustion were associated with increased non-cyclic pelvic pain. Working overtime and exhaustion were associated with increased dyspareunia. Conclusions: As China's population of female factory workers grows, research on the reproductive health of this population is essential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-45
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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