Menstrual Belief and Practices among Adolescent Girls: A Case Study of Rural Rajasthan
AbstractBackground: Adolescence is considered as a significant period for children when they reach puberty and encounter various physical, psychological and emotional change, menstruation is one of those change occurs among adolescent girls. Furthermore, Menstruation is a phenomenon of the flow of blood from vagina take place in every month among girls and women. It is perceived as a beginning of sexual maturity among young adolescent girls after the onset of menarche and prepares girls towards motherhood. However, studies suggest that it is vital that an adolescent girl's initial experience with this phenomenon should be as positive as possible because that experience comprising practice and beliefs last for their whole life as it is. In most of them, communities’ girls are considered as an impure entity and prohibit from many activities to perform. While performing these malpractices health aspect of girls is often ignored severely by their elders. In addition, unhygienic menstrual practices in rural areas cause diseases related to reproductive health and deprived girls to enjoy their life with full essence. Objective: This paper will discuss the belief and practices associated with menstruation in rural areas among adolescent girls. Paper will focus on the impact of these practices and belief in the health of adolescent girls in rural Rajasthan. Methodology: This paper is based on a descriptive study conducted in Nohariya village of Rajasthan state. Respondents of the study were adolescent girls between the ages of 10 to 19 years. Data for the study was conducted through self- constructed questionnaire using convenient sampling. Result: This is found in the study that in rural areas adolescents are unaware of the healthy practices of menstruation and are gripped by ill beliefs that affect their health adversely.
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