Amid increasing rate of infertility in the country, the Endometriosis Support Group, Nigeria (ESGN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) to embark on a study on dysmenorrhea, menstrual hygiene and infertility.

The founder, ESGN, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, at the signing of MoU between the two organizations yesterday in Lagos, said the last study to know the prevalence of dysmenorrhea in Nigeria was done 42 years ago.

Conducting a new study, according to Ajayi would help the country to know the current data of dysmenorrhea, menstrual hygiene and infertility.

He said, “We are embarking on a study on dysmenorrhea, menstrual hygiene and infertility. We are targeting secondary school girls. We intend to interview about 30, 000 girls across Nigeria. They will be chosen statistically.

“We are embarking on this study because there is no data. The last data we can refer to was done 42 years ago. That must be outdated. The study is for us to know what is happening to our girls. If we don’t have figures, we cannot plan.

“We want to know the prevalence of dysmenorrhea, that is painful menstrual period among girls, because we know also that most of the diseases that come up in later life, start early, at the onset of menstruation.”

In the same vein, the director general, NIMR, Prof. Babatunde Salako said dysmenorrhea is the main cause of endometriosis which can lead to infertility in later life, adding that if it is detected early and treatment commence as soon as possible, that may avert the possibility of future infertility.

Salako said, “We at NIMR believe that this is a study that should be supported. We are deploying our researchers in that field of specialty and facilities, in terms of laboratory and any other thing that is required for this study, so that this research can be properly conducted.”