A Qualitative Study to Explore Adolescent Girls Belief on Menstruation and Health Seeking Behavior
Biomedical Sciences
Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2020, Pages: 31-37
Received: Apr. 25, 2020; Accepted: May 18, 2020; Published: Jun. 16, 2020
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Karuna Bhattarai, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
Rajendra Karkee, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
Anup Ghimire, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
Prajjwal Pyakurel, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, B. P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal
Purna Prasad Sharma, Tikapur Hospital, Tikapur Kailali, Nepal
Tara Ballav Adhikari, Nepal Health Frontiers, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu, Nepal
Rama Shrestha, National Academy of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Background: To study issues related to menstruation and health seeking practices to address the importance of the reproductive health of adolescent girls. Methods: A qualitative study was conducted in Surkhet district, Province 6 of Western Nepal. Information was collected from four focus group discussions (FGDs). Two FGDs were conducted among adolescent girls and remaining two from mothers having adolescent daughters. Results: FGDs show that most of the adolescent girls were shy and anxious during menarche. Some of them could not tell their mother too. Majority of them restricted to do some activities and consume some food items during menstruation. Yet, the practice of visiting“dhami jhakri” and then only going to the health facility after the problem has become severe. Although menstruation is normal physiology, in Nepal menstruating woman is categorized as “impure”, “polluted” and victimized in the form of “Chhaupadi Pratha”. The misconception that “females touching others during their menstruation brings God’s curse to their home and families” is still rampant in Western Nepal. Conclusion: Concerned authorities should conduct health promotion activities to address menstrual hygiene and other traditional practices among adolescent girls in the Western Nepal. The findings of this study will be useful for healthcare professional and administrator to improve the reproductive health status of the adolescent.
Adolescent Girls, Menstrual Practice, Health Seeking Behavior, Nepal
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Karuna Bhattarai, Rajendra Karkee, Anup Ghimire, Prajjwal Pyakurel, Purna Prasad Sharma, Tara Ballav Adhikari, Rama Shrestha, A Qualitative Study to Explore Adolescent Girls Belief on Menstruation and Health Seeking Behavior, Biomedical Sciences. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2020, pp. 31-37. doi: 10.11648/j.bs.20200602.13
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