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Main Title Reproductive Outcomes in Women Exposed to Solvents in 36 Reinforced Plastics Companies. 1. Menstual Dysfunction.
Author Lemasters, G. K. ; Hagen, A. ; Samuels, S. J. ;
CORP Author Cincinnati Univ., OH. Coll. of Medicine. ;California Univ., Davis.;Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Year Published 1985
Report Number EPA-R-806669; EPA/600/J-85/269;
Stock Number PB86-157773
Additional Subjects Reproduction(Biology) ; Solvents ; Toxicology ; Females ; Reinforced plastics ; Reprints ; Women ; Occupational safety and health
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB86-157773 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 8p
Recent studies have suggested that exposure to styrene monomer and other solvents is associated with menstrual disturbances. This is the first U.S. study to evaluate the effects of exposure to styrene on dysmenorrhea, intermenstrual bleeding, secondary amenorrhea, menstrual blood clots, and hypermenorrhea. A comprehensive questionnaire was administered to 1,535 blue-collar workers. Multiple logistic regression analyses did not reveal a positive association between styrene exposure and any menstrual abnormality. Risk factors associated with menstrual disturbances included chronic illness with secondary amenorrhea, nulliparity with both decreased blood clots and hypermenorrhea, smoking with blood clots, and age with hypermenorrhea. The overall prevalences of menstrual disorders were 14% for dysmenorrhea, 16% for intermenstrual bleeding, 7% for secondary amenorrhea, 40% for menstrual blood clots, and 31% for hypermenorrhea.