Knowledge of Hygiene During Menstruation in Female Adolescents at Junior High School 1 Boyolangu,

Raras Indung Palupi1), Shanty Natalia2), Candra Wahyuni3)

1)Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret

2)Study Program in Midwivery, Health Sciences Institute Surya Mitra Husada,

Kediri, East Java


Background: Menstruation is a normal physiological process of females at their reproductive age. However, it is still common surrounded with social taboos and beliefs. The poor knowledge and understanding of menstruation may lead to unsafe hygienic practice in female adolescents. The purpose of this study was to examine correlation between knowledge and menstrual hygiene in female junior high school students.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross-sectional study conducted at Boyolangu 1 Senior High School, Tulungagung, East Java, in September 2019. A sample of 87 female adolescents was selected by simple random sampling. The dependent variable was menstrual hygiene. The independent variable was knowledge. The study instrument was questionnaire. The measurement scale was continous, but for data analysis it was transformed into dichotomous, as follows: (1) Knowledge, 0 for low and 1 for high, and (2) menstrual hygiene, 0 for poor hygiene and 1 for good hygiene. Correlation between knowledge and menstrual hygiene was analyzed using Chi-square.

Results: Good knowledge about reproductive health improved good menstrual hygiene behavior in female adolescents (OR= 3.14; 95% CI= 1.29 to 7.65; p= 0.011).

Conclusion: Good knowledge about reproductive health improves good menstrual hygiene behavior in female adolescents.

Keywords: menstruation, menstrual hygiene, female adolescents

Correspondence: Raras Indung Palupi. Masters Program in Public Health, Universitas Sebelas Maret. Jl. Ir. Sutami 36A, Surakarta 57126, Central Java. Email: Mobile: +628337540058.



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