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Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development
Year : 2013, Volume : 4, Issue : 1
First page : ( 253) Last page : ( 255)
Print ISSN : 0976-0245. Online ISSN : 0976-5506.

A Pilot Study of Menstrual Problems in Adolescent Girls of Slum areas

Wadgave Hanmanta V.1,*, Jatti Gajanan M.2, Ahankari Shashikant3

1Medical Officer- Grade(A), Primary Health Centre, Valsang, South Solapur Public Health Department, Zilla Parishad Solapur. Dist. Solapur

2Assistant Professor, P & SM, Govt. Medical College, Miraj, District-Sangli

3President, HALO Medical Foundation, Anadur, NGO in Osmanabad, Maharashtra

*Corresponding author: Hanmanta Vishwanath Wadgave, C/o Primary Health Centre Valsang, South Solapur, Mob: + 91 9405844323, Email: drwadgave@rediffmail.com, drwadgave@gmail.com

Online published on 13 February, 2013.

Abstract

Background

Menstrual problems are highly prevalent in adolescent girls. So an effort is made to study the menstrual problems in adolescent girls.

Research question

What is prevalence of menstrual problems in adolescent girls in slum areas?

Objective

Study menstrual problems in adolescent girls and its variation with the age.

Study design

Community based cross sectional study.

Method

400 adolescent girls were interviewed from selected 10 urban slums of Solapur Municipal Corporation area.

Results

The average age of the participant was 15.92 ± 2.33 years. 302 (75.5%) girls in the present study had either one or more menstrual problems. The most common menstrual problem was dysmenorrhea (45%). Followed by oligomenorrhea (15.25%), menorrhagia (13.75%) and polymenorrhea (8.25%). Prevalence of dysmenorrhea and oligomenorrhea was more in the higher age group while, menorrhagia and polymenorrhea decreases as the age advances. But overall menstrual problems were significantly less as the age of the adolescent advances (?2 =9.48; P=0.01). Significant number of adolescent girls had menstrual problems like dysmenorrhea, oligomenorrhea etc. So there is need to formulate appropriate counseling and management plans/polices to tackle these problems.

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Keywords

Adolescent, Menstrual Problem, Dysmenorrhea, Age.

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