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Reproductive Health Problems and Treatment Seeking Behavior among Adolescent Girls of UHTC Field Practice Area, Govt. Medical College, Bhavnagar

Author:Mansi G Chauhan, Harshad Patel, Harsha Solanki

Keywords:Adolescent Girl, Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI), Treatment seeking behavior

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Background: Within the family, compared to boys, the ‘adolescent girls’ health, nutrition, education & development are more neglected and it has adverse effect on reproductive health. This study was conducted to assess awareness about reproductive health among adolescent girls & to study prevalence of reproductive health problems & treatment seeking behavior among adolescent girls for Reproductive Tract Infections (RTIs). Materials & methods: Community based cross sectional study was conducted in Urban Helath Training Centre (UHTC) Field Practice Area of Govt. Medical College, Bhavnagar among 532 Adolescent girls during February 2014 to August 2014. Data was collected by pretested prestuctured questioner. Data entry & analysis done in Epi info software (version 7.0) & appropriate statistical test were applied. Results: One or more symptoms of reproductive tract infections were found among 36.65% adolescent girls amongst them vaginal discharge was most common among 81(41.53%) girls. Only 12.83% girls sought treatment for RTI. Age of girl, educational status of girl, religion & socioeconomic class have association with development of reproductive tract infection. (p<0.05) Conclusion: Prevalence of RTI among adolescent girls is 36.65%. Treatment seeking behavior is found in only 12. 83% among them. Sociodemographic factors have impact on developing reproductive tract infection. "