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Menstruation: Is a Normal Phenomenon Perceived Normally In Early Adolescents: A Cross Sectional Study

Author:Poonam Vijay Sancheti, Rupeshkumar Dattatray Shinde

Keywords:Awareness, Perception, menstrua-tion

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Introduction: Most Indian women believe that menstruation contami-nates the body and makes it unholy. With this background, present study was proposed. Objectives: 1. To assess the effects of menstruation on routine activities in early adolescent girl students. 2. To describe the perceptions re-garding menstruation in early ado-lescent girl students. Methods: Present study was a cross sectional study carried out in slum and non-slum schools of a Sholapur city. Total study duration was 6. To-tal 172 school going adolescent girls were taken from slum and non-slum school each. Information re-garding awareness, perceptions during menstruation was taken. Results: Average correct score for perceptions regarding menstruation was 5.26 out of 8. 81.96% students used sanitary pads during their menstrual periods followed by 28 students used cotton cloth. 127 stu-dents missed playing sport activi-ties while 123 missed normal daily activities. 35 students felt that they were a failure, during menstrual pe-riods. Conclusions: There are lacunae in knowledge and perception of girls regarding menstruation. The results reinforce need to encourage safe practices among the adolescent girls and bring them out of misconcep-tions, myths regarding menstrua-tion. Menstruation affects self-esteem of girls."