Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Menstrual Hygiene among Primary School Adolescents in Surabaya, Indonesia
Keywords:Knowledge, attitude, practice, menstrual hygiene
Background: Menstruation is a normal physiological process of an adolescent female. Adolescence is a
very important transition period that requires special attention to ensure progress for all girls. Some studies
found that menstruation is taboo to be discussed and many girls just known about menstruation when
they have menarche. The genitourinary becomes more sensitive and susceptible to infection during the
menstruation period. So the appropriate menstrual hygiene practice is very important to maintain the health
of reproductive organs. This study objective is to asses the current knowledge, attitude, and practice of
primary school adolescents on menstrual hygiene management in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Method: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study that was carried out from May to June 2019 in a primary
school in Surabaya. This study was done among 78 students selected through total population sampling from
a primary school in the urban area of Surabaya.
Results: The findings showed that 66,7% of participants have good knowledge, 60,3% have a good attitude
and 79,5% have good practice regarding menstrual hygiene.
Conclusions: The majority of the participants have good knowledge, attitude and practice regarding
menstrual hygiene. Nevertheless, the knowledge, attitude, and practice of all the participants still need to
improve. The school along with the parents and health provider are expected to reinforce the health education
program about menstrual hygiene management.
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