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Research Paper | Physiotherapy | India | Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023
Knowledge and Practice of Menstrual Hygiene among Adolescent School Girls in Rural Area of Surat District - A Cross - Sectional Study
Dr. Mona G Patel | Dr. Vrunda Makwana  | Kanchan Sangtani | Nikita Mahida
Abstract: Background: Menstruation is a normal physiological process in females. Menstruation begins during the adolescent stage, which is characterized by major physiological and emotional changes. However, due to a lack of proper information, the majority of teenage girls (girls between the ages of 10 to 19) approach their puberty period (maturity) without adequately preparing themselves. The main purpose of this study was to check the awareness about menstrual hygiene and to spread the awareness regarding menstrual hygiene among adolescent school girls. Methodology: A cross - sectional study was conducted among 260 adolescent school girls, aged between 13 to 18 years, who had attained menarche from different schools of rural area of surat district. Self - administrated pre - designed pre tested structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Result: It was marked that 37.3% participants attained their menarche at the age of 13 and most important source of information was mother in72.3%, 87.3% participants are using sanitary napkin during menstruation, 81.5% change absorbent 1 - 2 times in a day. Conclusion: This study is concluding that majority of the girls had attained menarche at the age of 13 and they had used the sanitary pad as material. Relevant information regarding disposal of sanitary pads and maintenance of menstrual hygiene was given. We have also tried to spread awareness regarding it, including different government sector who are providing free pads and we had also explained them the technique to use and disposal of material and maintain proper hygiene.
Keywords: Adolescents, Menstrual hygiene, Knowledge and Practice
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023,
Pages: 2054 - 2057