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Natl J Community Med. 2015; 6(2): 274-277

Awareness and Practices Regarding Menstrual Hygiene among Women of Reproductive Age Group Attending a Tertiary Care Hospital of Indore, India

Mayank Gupta, Sonia Tiwari, R R Wavare.

"Background: There is a substantial lacuna in the knowledge about menstruation among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age group. Objective of the study was to assess the knowledge amongst women of reproductive age group regarding menstruation and its hygiene related practices.
Methods: All females of reproductive age group (15-45 years) attending gynaecology OPD in the month of January 2015 at Aurobindo hospital was administered a pretested semi-structured questionnaire regarding knowledge and practices related to menstrual hygiene.
Results: The mean age of females 30.7 years while 13.2 0.75 years, was mean age of menarche. The first source of information regarding menarche came from their mothers as 36.5% were only aware of menstruation before menarche. During menstruation 67.7% used sanitary pads while rest used cloths. The cleaning of external genitalia daily was practiced by 90.3% of urban living participants where in those living in rural areas were 83.09%.
Conclusion: Literacy status was found to be significant for awareness about menstruation and the use of sanitary pads. Significant difference was also found in the use of sanitary pad vs cloth in those living in rural and urban areas."

Key words: menstruation, menstrual hygiene, adolescent, hygiene

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