A study of reproductive health and health seeking behaviour of adolescent girls residing in urban slums of Guwahati city
Chandana Deka, A C Baishya, Jutika Ojah
Objectives: Study is carried out to assess the menstrual health and hygiene practices of the adolescent girls and their health seeking behavior. Methodology: This community based cross sectional study was conducted among adolescent girls of 10-19 years residing in the urban slums of Guwahati city for a period of one year. Predesigned pretested semi structured proforma was used to collect sociodemographic and individual information of the respondents. Results and Observations: Out of 400 respondents, 309 (77.20%) had attained menarche at the time of survey. Out of which 77.70% had regular menstrual cycle. Majority of the girls (91.30%) were found to use old cloth during their menstrual period. 42.10% of the adolescent girls were suffering from dysmenorrhea. Out of all the girls who were suffering from menstrual disorders only 33.48% of the girls preferred seeking treatment. Younger adolescents were found to be more reluctant in seeking treatment. Necessity of treating menstrual disorders was not perceived by majority of the adolescents. Conclusion: Good menstrual hygiene is crucial for the health and dignity of girls and women. This is an important sanitation issue which has been long in the closet and still there is a long standing need to openly discuss it, make girls aware and encourage health seeking behavior in them.