Practices of Menstrual hygiene among urban adolescent girls of Hyderabad

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Introduction: The stigma around menstruation and menstrual hygiene is a violation of several human rights, most importantly of the right to human dignity. There is a relation between menstrual hygiene and school drop out of girls from the high school. Objectives: To elicit the beliefs, conception and source of information regarding menstruation and to find out the status of menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls. Material & Methods: Present study was a institution based cross sectional study done in Government school of Hyderabad where in 180 girls from the above mentioned secondary school one class (class VIII) were selected and interviewed using a pre designed questionnaire. Data obtained were collated and analyzed statistically by simple proportions. Results: Present study observed that 23% girls were not aware about menstruation prior to attainment of menarche. 159 (88.3%) girls believed it as a physiological process. Regarding practices during menstruation, 95(52.8%) girls used old cloth pieces during menstruation. For cleaning purpose, 148(82.2%) girls used both soap and water. Regarding the method of disposal of the used material, 89(49.4%) girls reused cloth pieces. 112(62.2%) girls practiced different restrictions during menstruation and among them 115(63.8%) girls did not attend any religious occasion.



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