Intervention Study On Practice of Menstrual Hygiene Among Adolescents In Two Selected Secondary Schools, Lagos State

Intervention Study On Practice of Menstrual Hygiene Among Adolescents In Two Selected Secondary Schools, Lagos State

Date of Publication : 29, Apr, 2022

Menstrual hygiene is an essential act in which women and adolescent girls use soap and water to clean hands and body, use clean absorbable materials to collect menstrual blood, and change of these materials as often as required in privacy and proper disposal of used materials during menstruation.  However, there is need for adolescent girls to be equipped with adequate information on how to practice and maintain such practice in order to enjoy better reproductive health. Hence, this study assessed the effect of intervention on the practice of menstrual hygiene among adolescents in two selected secondary schools, Lagos state. Total enumeration was used for the study. The schools were randomly assigned into experimental and control group with 93 and 101 respondents respectively. A self-developed questionnaire which was validated was used to collect data. A teaching package was used educate the experimental group while placebo on nutrition was given to the control group. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics at 0.05 level of significance. Findings showed that an increase from 1.79 prior intervention to 1.91 was observed in the practices of menstrual hygiene after intervention in the control school (mean gain= 0.12) and an increase from 1.76 to 2.76 before and after intervention was recorded in the practices in the experimental school (mean gain=1.00). There was no significant difference (t= -1.044, p= 0.347) in the pre and post intervention self-reported practices of menstrual hygiene in the control school and a significant difference (t= -10.368, p= 0.000) in that of the experimental group. In conclusion, this study showed that health education is an effective tool in improving practice of menstrual hygiene among adolescents. The study recommended that health education clubs should be established with in schools and managed by public health/school nurses.

Keywords: Intervention, Practice, Menstrual Hygiene, Adolescent Girls,

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Author(s), ADEGOKE Rachael Adebisi (RN, RPdN, BNSc), Prof. KIO Janet O., (2022). “Intervention Study on Practice of Menstrual Hygiene Among Adolescents in Two Selected Secondary Schools, Lagos State”, Name of the Journal: International Journal of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, (IJMNHS.COM), P, 215 –228.  DOI: www.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6619679 ,  Issue: 2, Vol.: 3, Article: 17, Month: April, Year: 2022. Retrieved from https://www.ijmnhs.com/all-issues/

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