DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20192817

Knowledge regarding menstruation among school-going adolescents of urban Bareilly

Roopali Nath Mathur, Daljeet Kaur, Rashmi Katyal, Bibhash Datta, Mohit Mathur

Abstract


Background: Adolescence in girls has been recognized as a special period. Adolescents are a large and growing segment of the world’s population. Adolescence in girls is a turbulent period of development, which includes stressful events like menarche. Some of the special problems of adolescents are nutritional problems, menstrual disorders, leucorrhoea, and psychological problems. Though menstruation is a natural process, it is linked with several misconceptions and practices in India due to different rituals in the communities, which sometimes result in adverse health outcomes. The objective of the study was to assess the knowledge about menstrual hygiene among urban adolescent girls in Bareilly.

Methods: The study was conducted in the urban area of Bareilly taking a sample size of 450 girls with multistage sampling technique.

Results: About 40% of participants had complete knowledge regarding menstruation, 64.9% of participants regarded menstruation as a curse of God, and 35.6% of the participants perceived urethra as the main source organ for blood during menstruation.

Conclusions: This research addressed the issues in managing their menstruation and maintaining a good standard of menstrual hygiene in adolescent girls.


Keywords


Adolescent, Menstruation, Menstrual hygiene

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