MENSTRUAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: EXPLORING THE QUALITY OF ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN DISTRICT FAISALABAD AND LAHORE, PUNJAB. PAKISTAN

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Hira Ahmad Farrah
Komal Riaz Cheema
Mona Khurshid
Ayesha Hussain
Azka Murtaza
Bushra Mazhar

Keywords

Health and Wellbeing, Quality of Life, Menstruation

Abstract

Outline: The onset of puberty in girls typically occurs between the ages of eleven to seventeen, with the first menstruation experienced during this period. Even though menstruation is a common biological process, several factors have an impact on adolescent females' menstrual hygiene. Girls' mental health is at risk due to the sociocultural context, which includes social media, attractiveness pressure and cyberbullying. The quality of life of menstruating women will be different on the basis of their health, economy, age etc.


Aims and objectives: In this article the researcher studied the quality of life of menstruating adolescent girls in the community and the researcher has focused on the menstrual health and hygiene and its effects.


Materials and Methods: Data has been collected from 120 girls both from urban and rural background from both cities using google form questionnaire.


Results: The results revealed that the more than eighty percent of the girls were using single use napkins as it is more comfortable but leads to health issues. It was found that more than seventy percent of the girls does not intake nutritious food during their periods continuously. Many girls are deprived of sanitary products for being costly or not accessible due to economic backwardness.  It is taken for granted when it is just using a piece of cloth; it is expected to be handled, disregarding the need for maintaining hygiene.


Discussion: We must create a parent-daughter communication bond in order to have informed, self-confident and healthy self-esteem girls. Awareness about setting a bond of hope between parent daughter by informing and preparing them regarding the menstruation and menstrual hygiene topics. In menstrual hygiene education it is important to include boys in all lessons to help eliminate the social stigma that exists between boys and girls during menstruation.

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