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Status of Adolescent Girls Health and Hygiene in Rural Maharashtra (Barshi, Solapur), India


Nitish B. Nikam , Tata Dhan Academy, Madurai


adolescent girl, menstruation, age of menarche, menstrual hygiene, sanitary pad, anemia, symptoms


Around 1.2 billion people, or 1 in 6 of the world’s population, are adolescents aged 10 to 19. Studies reveal that there is still considerable number of premature death, illness, and injury among adolescents. Illnesses can hinder their ability to grow and develop to their full potential. Due to several biological and socio-economic reasons adolescent girls needs more attention for better health care. The study focuses on adolescent girls health and menstrual hygiene concerns like age of menarche, sources of information, types of absorbent, problems faced while handling used clothes, restrictions practiced during the mestruation, anemia and its symptoms awareness etc. The beginning of menstruation signifies a landmark event in pubertal development of the adolescent girl. Menstruation and the menstrual cycle are considered by variability in volume, pattern and regularity, which at the earlier stages of the development of the adolescent can create emotional awkwardness particularly to the poorly informed girl. Moreover, the low social status of women in Indian society, culture of shame and silence associated with their reproductive health matters make this a taboo. It is still considered as something unclean or dirty in Indian society and is linked with several perceptions and practices, which sometimes result in adverse health outcomes. This study is an attempt to understand the status of adolescent girl’s health and hygiene in rural parts of Maharashtra.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV8I110024
Published in: Volume : 8, Issue : 11
Publication Date: 01/02/2021
Page(s): 36-42

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