Awareness about Menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene Practices among Adolescent Girls in Central IndiaSanjay Dixit1, Deepa Raghunath2, Rahul Rokade3, Syed Akbar Nawaz4, Taruna Nagdeve4, Ishu Goyal4.
"Background: Menstruation is a natural phenomenon unique to women and menstrual hygiene is fundamental to the wellbeing of women and girls.
Objectives: To find the awareness about menstruation among ado-lescent girls in a government and private school and ascertain their menstrual hygiene practices.
Methods: A cross sectional study was done on 100 girls between age of 12-16 years studying in a government school and a private school, after taking consent from the authority in charge. A self-administered, semi-structured, pre-tested questionnaire was used to find out Socio Demographic profile, Knowledge of menstruation and Practices during menstruation. Chi square test with Yates correction was applied.
Results: Mother was the first informant regarding menstruation in case of 70% of girls with 54% in government school and 86% girls in private school. For genital cleaning purpose 44% girls used both soap and water with 60% girls from government school and 28% from private school and 56% girls used plain water. Sanitary pads were used among 98% girls out of which 38% girls used the absorbent material for 6-12 hours in which 50% belonged to private school and 16% belonged to government school.
Conclusion: Awareness was higher and better menstrual hygiene was seen in the private school as compared to government school.
Key words: Menstrual hygiene; awareness, sanitary pad