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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(3): 345-348

A Study of Menstrual Hygiene among Adolescent School Girls in a Slum Area of Kolkata

Madhumita Bhattacharyya, Papia Sen, Suprakash Hazra, Rabindra Nath Sinha, Sanjoya Sahoo.

"Introduction: Reproductive tract infections are common among the adolescent girls. Poor menstrual and personal hygiene are known contributory factors. Objectives were to examine the practice of menstrual hygiene among the adolescent school girls of urban slum area and to see the association between use of sanitary napkin and prevalence of Leucorrhoea with low back pain or abdominal pain and vaginal burning/itching among them.
Methods: A cross sectional observational study was carried out among 460 adolescent girl students of an urban slum area with a predesigned, pretested questionnaire based on Global School -based Student Health survey. Data were analyzed using SPSS, version 21.
Results: Among 460 girls, 275 (60%) girls were from low socioeconomic status. Out of 376 (81.73%) girls who used only sanitary napkin, 359 (94.14%) girls did not complain of symptomatic leucorrhoea and 326 (87.70%) had no vaginal itch or burning. Sixty eight (80.95%) and 62 (73.80%) girls out of 84 girls who did not use only sanitary napkin had symptomatic leucorrhoea. (P

Key words: Adolescent girls, Sanitary napkin, Leucorrhoea, Vaginal itch

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