Menstrual Hygiene in Young Girls – A Survey from Rural Area of Basti, Uttar Pradesh, India


Authors : Namita Chandra, Sunita Chandra, Shaleen Chandra

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 1 - January

Google Scholar : https://goo.gl/DF9R4u

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 Background: Menarche is an important milestone in a women’s life. The level of hygiene maintained during menstruation is crucial for a healthy life. This survey was done to access the level of hygiene in young girls in a rural area.  Methods: The survey was carried out in a rural area and the data was collected using a questionnaire during the period of 15th June 2019 to 15th August 2019.  Results: Among127 girls, 61.4% were between 16 & 19 years of age. A 57.5% of girls were having secondary or higher education. 70.9% of girls had regular cycles. About 50% had no knowledge of menses before menarche. About 42% girls used sanitary pad and the rest used either mix of sanitary pad and cloth or only cloth.  Conclusion: This survey demonstrated that the hygiene levels of young girls during menstruation were less than adequate. Therefore, young girls and their families needed to be educated about the importance of cleanliness and safe practices, and also to do away with superstitions related to menstruation.

Keywords : Hygiene; Menarche; Menstruation; Rural.

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