National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2016 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 6 | Page No: 510-514

Socio-Demographic Aspects of Selected Menstrual Hygienic Practices among Adolescent School Girls in Pondicherry

Author: Abhijit V Boratne, Shib Sekhar Datta, Karthiga Vijaykumar, Suba Joice Y, Zile Singh



"Background: The menstrual hygiene is one of the important as-pects in adolescent health which is influenced by different socio-demographic factors. Objective: To study the socio-demographic aspects of selected menstrual hygienic practices among adolescent school girls in Pondicherry. Material & methods: The present cross sectional study was carried out among 371 adolescent girls from four selected schools who at-tained menarche. They were interviewed after obtaining written informed consent from their parents. To study the effect of socio-demographic characteristics on critical menstrual hygienic prac-tices, Odds ratios (ORs) were calculated. Results: Use of sanitary pad is not associated with mother’s education & occupation as well as caste and religion. Girls from rural school (OR: 0.50; 95% CI: 0.29-0.88) were found to use less sanitary pads than their counterparts. The girls of illiterate mothers & backward castes were more likely to wash their genitalia with soap and water than girls with literate mothers and from forward castes. Conclusion: The place of residence has emerged as a significant factor for adolescent school girls to practice selected menstrual hygienic practices such as usage of sanitary pads during menstruation. "

Keywords: adolescent girls, menstrual hygienic practices, menstruation, Menstrual Hygiene Products