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Awareness about Menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene Practices among Adolescent Girls in Central India

By Sanjay Dixit1, Deepa Raghunath2, Rahul Rokade3, Syed Akbar Nawaz4, Taruna Nagdeve4 and Ishu Goyal4


"Background: Menstruation is a natural phenomenon unique to women and menstrual hygiene is fundamental to the wellbeing of women and girls. Objectives: To find the awareness about menstruation among ado-lescent girls in a government and private school and ascertain their menstrual hygiene practices. Methods: A cross sectional study was done on 100 girls between age of 12-16 years studying in a government school and a private school, after taking consent from the authority in charge. A self-administered, semi-structured, pre-tested questionnaire was used to find out Socio Demographic profile, Knowledge of menstruation and Practices during menstruation. Chi square test with Yates correction was applied. Results: Mother was the first informant regarding menstruation in case of 70% of girls with 54% in government school and 86% girls in private school. For genital cleaning purpose 44% girls used both soap and water with 60% girls from government school and 28% from private school and 56% girls used plain water. Sanitary pads were used among 98% girls out of which 38% girls used the absorbent material for 6-12 hours in which 50% belonged to private school and 16% belonged to government school. Conclusion: Awareness was higher and better menstrual hygiene was seen in the private school as compared to government school. " [Natl J Community Med 2016; 7(6.000): 468-473

Topics: Menstrual hygiene; awareness, sanitary pad, Public aspects of medicine, RA1-1270, Medicine, R
Publisher: National Journal of Community Medicine
Year: 2016
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