Knowledge and practice regarding menstrual hygiene in rural adolescent girls of Nepal

Prakash Adhikari, B. Kadel, S. I. Dhungel, A. Mandal

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Abstract

Objective: This study was done in the adolescent girls to evaluate the knowledge and practice on different aspects of menstrual hygiene. Methods: One hundred and fifty adolescent girls of age 13-15 years from 3 schools of Shivanagar and Patihani village development committees of Chitwan district were involved in this study. Altogether 27 questions were asked to each of them. Results: During our study, we found that they were not properly maintaining the menstrual hygiene. Only 6.0% of girls knew that menstruation is a physiologic process, 36.7% knew that it is caused by hormones. Ninety-four percentages of them use the pads during the period but only 11.3% dispose it. Overall knowledge and practice were 40.6% and 12.9% respectively. Conclusion: Although knowledge was better than practice, both were not satisfactory. So, the girls should be educated about the process and significance of menstruation, use of proper pads or absorbents and its proper disposal. This can be achieved by giving them proper training and health education (by teachers, family members, health educators, and media) so that there won't be any misconception to the adolescent girls regarding menstrual hygiene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-386
Number of pages5
JournalKathmandu University Medical Journal
Volume5
Issue number19
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent girls and Nepal
  • Menstrual hygiene

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