• ISSN: 2010-3646
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Social. Scienc. Humanit.
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IJSSH 2018 Vol.8(10): 270-274 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2018.V9.973

Knowledge, Product Choices and Waste Disposal Techniques Regarding Menstruation among Girl Students of Amritsar City

Rajanbir Kaur, Jasmeen Gill, Arpna Kumari and Rajinder Kaur
Abstract—In low and middle income countries, girls/women still have to face many problems regarding menstruation. Misconceptions and false religious beliefs further make it difficult for them during periods. The present study was conducted to evaluate the knowledge of menstruation and menstrual hygiene management among girls of Amritsar city. We also evaluate their menstrual product choices and waste disposal methods. A self-designed questionnaire was prepared to assess the knowledge and perceptions of the girls about menstruation. The questionnaire contains 18 questions related to menstruation, personal hygiene, menstrual product choices, disposal methods and menstrual taboos. The questionnaire was filled by 102 high school and graduate students and a written consent was taken from them. From the above study, it was found that most of the girl students are aware of the menstruation, menstrual hygiene and personal hygiene and about urinary and reproductive tract infections during menstruation. The study also shows that girl students feel shy or embarrassed while purchasing menstrual products. Most of them don’t feel comfortable and confident during this period. They mostly prefer to use commercial sanitary pads rather than cloth or cotton. Most of them are graduates and residing in the urban areas of the city. There are less restrictions on them and are supported by the family regarding menstrual needs.

Index Terms—Knowledge, menstruation, menstrual hygiene management, sanitary pads.

Rajanbir Kaur, Jasmeen Gill, Arpna Kumari and Rajinder Kaur are with the Department of Botanical and Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab 143005, India (e-mail: swab2002@yahoo.com).

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Cite: Rajanbir Kaur, Jasmeen Gill, Arpna Kumari and Rajinder Kaur, "Knowledge, Product Choices and Waste Disposal Techniques Regarding Menstruation among Girl Students of Amritsar City," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 270-274, 2018.

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