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Perception of Menstruation and Practices among Adolescents in Urban Field Practice Area, Bangalore: A Cross Sectional Study

Author:Navya Sri Sreenivasa, Saraswathi Sakranaik, Ranganath T Sobagiah , Viswanath

Keywords:Menstruation, Adolescents, Restrictions, Hygiene

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Context: World health organisation has defined Adolescence as the period between 10-19 years of life. Good hygienic practices such as the use of sanitary napkins and adequate washing of the genital area are essential during menstruation. Assessing the hygi-enic practices among adolescents can be used as a baseline tool for formulating health education strategies. The Objectives of this study was to assess the knowledge, Attitude and Practices regarding Menstruation among the adolescent school girls. Methods and Material: A Cross Sectional Study was conducted among 400 adolescent girls by probability proportionate sampling. Data was collected by using a pretested, semi-structured question-naire. Results are presented in terms of frequency and percentages. Results: Mean age of study participants was 14.16yrs + 0.9SD. Around 66.25% of students had heard about menstruation before attending menarche. Mothers were the main source of information. 80% of girls strongly believed that menstruation is a bothersome event. Majority used sanitary napkins as absorbent. Conclusion: The study revealed that 33.75% of adolescents were not aware about menstruation prior to menarche. 7.75% females were not allowed to go to school during menstruation. Thus the present study perceives the need to dispel misconceptions regarding menstruation to improvise and promote good menstrual hygiene practices