COMPARITVE STUDY ON THE MENSTRUAL HYGIENIC CONDITION OF ADLOESCENT GIRLS RESIDING IN URBAN AND SLUM AREA OF LUCKNOW
Publication Date : 06/12/2016
Menstruation, also known as “period,” is the regular release of bloody waste from the uterus. Girls who are entering adolescent stage have rapid body changes. During this phase young girls develop breasts, hair underarms and around private parts, oily skin and body odour. It is essential to emphasize on problems of menstruation and personal hygiene during this period. The purpose of this study was to study the menstrual problems faced by adolescent girls along with their personal hygiene. A cross-sectional study was done involving 100 adolescent girls (60 residing in urban areas and 40 residing in slum area) of Lucknow only. By doing face to face interview, adolescent girls were interviewed with the help of predesigned questionnaire. Their personal hygiene was assessed and detailed menstrual history was taken. Among girls residing in urban areas, 46.66% had attained menarche and among girls residing in slum, 47.5% had attained menarche. Most of the girls had regular menstrual cycle; duration was 3 to 5 days and moderate blood flow. Very less number of slum girls used sanitary pads during menses as compared to urban girls. Dysmenorrhoea was common problem among adolescent girls. The personal hygiene was not good among slum area girls.
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