Awareness regarding Menstrual Hygiene among Girl Students of a School in Chitwan

  • Krishna Bahadur Raut Department of General Practice and Emergency, Chitwan Medical College, Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal
  • Roshani Agrawal Khatry Department of Nursing, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Tumla Shrestha Department of Nursing, Maharajgunj Nursing campus, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Keywords: adolescent; awareness; hygiene; menstruation.

Abstract

Introduction: Adolescent girls often lack knowledge regarding reproductive health including
menstruation which can be due to socio-cultural barriers in which they grow up. It is important
to educate adolescents about issues related to menstruation so that they can safeguard themselves
and hold implications for professionals involved in improvement of reproductive health. The main
objective of the study was to find out awareness regarding menstrual hygiene among girl students
of a school in Chitwan.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in a school in Chitwan among girl
students of school from grade 8, 9 and 10 from 2019 July to August 2019 after ethical approval. All the
girl students from grade 8, 9 and 10 were included into the study. Data were entered and calculations
were using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version 20.

Results: Among 184 adolescent girls, 156 (84.8%) were aware about the menstrual hygiene and
most of them 176 (95.7%) knew about the criteria of ideal absorbent to be used during menstruation.
Likewise, 120 (65.2%) were aware regarding washing the genital organs, 137 (74.5%) were changing
sanitary pad and 136 (73.9%) were disposing used sanitary pad. The mean age of girl students was
14.48±1.259 years respectively.

Conclusions: Awareness regarding menstrual hygiene was present among the girl students, but
practice for proper menustral hygiene was low compared to studies done in similar settings.

Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Raut, K. B., Agrawal Khatry, R., & Shrestha, T. (2019). Awareness regarding Menstrual Hygiene among Girl Students of a School in Chitwan. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, 57(220). https://doi.org/10.31729/jnma.4760
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Original Article