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Original Research Article

Year: 2019 | Month: January | Volume: 9 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 65-68

Awareness of Menstruation & Related Hygiene in Adolescent Girls - A Comparative Research Study

Dr. Namrata Vaishampayan1, Dr. Seema R. Deshpande2

1Assistant. Professor (Medicine), MNR Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Telangana, India.
2Associate Professor & HOD (Obs/Gyn), MNR Homeopathic Medical College & Hospital, Telangana, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr. Namrata Vaishampayan


Background - Puberty or adolescence is one of the most crucial periods of development that changes a child’s life. Adolescence is defined as the period of physical and psychological development that begins with the onset of puberty and ends with maturity. While going through this period, children are experiencing various physical & psychological changes. Beginning of Menstruation or menarche is one of the most important changes that occur in adolescent girls. The aim of this study was to assess the awareness about menstruation and related hygiene in the girls of 13-15 yrs.
Objectives –To assess the awareness among the girls of 13-15 years old, about menstruation and related hygiene.
-To assess the effect of Information campaigns
Methods- 64 Girls aged between 13-15 years & attained menarche were selected for the study. Predesigned questionnaire was used to assess the awareness about menstruation, related practices & hygiene. This pre-test questionnaire was followed by an informative session regarding menstruation & related hygiene. After the session a post-test questionnaire was given to them. The collected data was analysed using SPSS software & Chi square test.
Result - Mean age of the study population was 13.90 years. Out of 4 questions, P values for question no.2, 3, 4 are statistically significant (<0.05) which emphasize the role of information campaign.
Conclusion – Information campaigns regarding the menstruation and related hygiene have to be conducted time to time among the adolescent girls to improve their reproductive health status as well as health in general.

Key words: Puberty, adolescence, menarche, menstruation

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