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“Life is Much More Difficult to Manage During Periods”: Autistic Experiences of Menstruation.

J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Jul 07;:

Authors: Steward R, Crane L, Mairi Roy E, Remington A, Pellicano E

Abstract
Although menarche and menstruation are perceived to be overwhelmingly negative events for developmentally-disabled women, women’s health issues remain under-researched in autism. Here, we conducted a preliminary investigation of the experiences of post-menarcheal autistic (nā€‰=ā€‰123) and non-autistic (nā€‰=ā€‰114) respondents to a brief online survey. Although autistic respondents reported many overlapping issues and experiences with non-autistic respondents, they also highlighted distinct-and sometimes-distressing-issues relating to menstruation, especially a cyclical amplification of autistic-related challenges, including sensory differences and difficulties with regulating emotion and behavior, which had a significant, negative impact on their lives. These initial findings call for systematic research on the potential causes, correlates and consequences of menstrual-related problems in autistic individuals-across the spectrum and the lifespan.

PMID: 29982893 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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