"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 motherís 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.
adolescent girls, menstrual hygienic practices, menstruation, Menstrual Hygiene Products
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