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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-28

Menstrual hygiene among secondary school students

1 Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, El Mahallah, Gharbia, Egypt

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Sanaa R El Mawardy
El Mahallah Elkobra, El Gharbia Governorate
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_883_17

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Objectives The aim of this study was to assess menstrual hygiene of secondary school girls in El Mahallah Elkobra, El Gharbia Governorate. Background As every level of a woman's health influences the next stage, menstrual hygiene is an important component of adolescent health in women, as poor menstrual hygiene can potentially be a cause of urinary tract contagion, reproductive tract infections, and sexually transmitted diseases like cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS, etc. Patients and methods The study was conducted on 704 secondary school female students. They were chosen randomly from four public secondary schools during the scholastic year 2015/2016. A predesigned questionnaire was used to test their menstrual hygiene. Results The study showed that 90% of students had acceptable menstrual hygiene. The majority of the selected girls (98.6%) used disposable sanitary pads. Conclusion Most of the participants in this study have an acceptable menstrual hygiene. Menstrual hygiene is an issue that needs to be addressed at all levels.

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