238. When did your last menstrual period start?
RECORD THE DATE, IF GIVEN.
DATE, IF GIVEN______
DAYS AGO 1 _____
WEEKS AGO 3 _____
MONTHS AGO 2 _____
YEARS AGO 4 _____
IN MENOPAUSE/HAS HAD HYSTERECTOMY 994
BEFORE LAST BIRTH 995
NEVER MENSTRUATED 996
No time difference
In menopause/had hysterectomy
Pregnant, not asked
Before last birth
NIU (not in universe)
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
TIMEMENSCALC (V226) reports the computed time since the respondent's last menstrual period.
According to the DHS Recode Manuals, this variable
is computed from the response for V215, with durations exceeding the interval since the last birth (V227 = 7,9) recoded to the response "Before last birth" (code 995) and inconsistent responses flagged on variable 227 (codes 1-6) recoded to 997.
Restated in terms of IPUMS-DHS variables and variable labels, TIMEMENSCALC is computed from the response for TIMEMENSTRUATE (Time since woman's last menstrual period). Cases with durations exceeding the interval since the last birth, when MENSTIMFLAG (Flag for reported time since last menstrual period) has values for "Reported time during pregnancy" or "Reported period before last birth," are recoded as "Before last birth" in TIMEMENSCALC. Cases with inconsistent or implausible responses according to MENSTIMFLAG (for example, the woman reportedly never menstruated but she has given birth) are recoded to "Inconsistent" for TIMEMENSCALC.