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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1439-1445

Menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls – A study from urban slum area

1 Department of Community Medicine, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Supriya Satish Patil
Department of Community Medicine, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_80_18

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Background: Adolescence has been recognized as a special period that requires specific attention as it marks the onset of menarche, an important milestone, and hence good hygienic practices during menstruation are crucial to maintain a healthy life. Aims and Objectives: This study was planned to assess knowledge, beliefs, and source of information regarding menstruation, and also to assess hygiene among them. Materials and Method: A cross-sectional study was carried out in urban slum area. Data were collected using pre-tested proforma during the period of 1st June to 31th August 2017. Among the 100 adolescent girls, 72% were between 15 and 19 years. A maximum of 47% were having high school education. About 47% mothers were illiterate; 27% girls had menarche at 14 years and 82% had regular cycles. About 76% had no knowledge of menses before menarche. The source of information was mother in 84%. Only 16% girls commented that bleeding initiated in uterus. About 60% girls used sanitary pad and the rest used cloth pieces. About 22% used water and no soap for hand washing. Multiple restrictions were practiced. Conclusion: This study reported that menstrual hygiene was unsatisfactory among adolescent girls. Therefore, girls should be educated about the facts of menstruation and proper hygienic practices.

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