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Menstrual hygiene management measures and related factors of middle school girls in East hararkh area of eastern Ethiopia

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Abstract: Many adolescent girls from developing countries lack appropriate information, tools or materials to use the correct sanitation facilities to manage menstruation. Therefore, they take unsafe health measures during menstruation, which in turn has a negative impact on their dignity, health and education. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the practices and related factors of menstrual health management of middle school girls in East harakh area. method. From April to may 2017, a school-based cross-sectional study was carried out among middle school girls in the eastern hararkh region of eastern Ethiopia. A total of 672 girls were randomly selected and interviewed using a structured interviewer managed questionnaire. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine prdictors of good menstrual hygiene management practices. Result. Overall, 58.3 of the girls had good menstrual hygiene management practices. Around two-thirds (66.1 ) of them used commercial sanitary pads as absorbents, 56.4 changed sanitary materials more than three times a day, and 68.3 cleaned their external genitalia daily during their menstruation. During multivariate analysis, living in urban areas (AOR = 2.59, 95 CI: 1.77, 3.80), having moderate (AOR = 2.78, 95 CI: 1.64, 5.28) and good knowledge about menstruation (AOR = 3.87, 95 CI: 2.21, 6.77), and mothers’ secondary and above education (AOR = 1.83, 95 CI: 1.01, 3.30) showed a positively significant association with good menstrual hygiene management practices. Conclusion. In this study, the practice of good menstrual hygiene management of secondary schoolgirls was low. Factors independently influencing menstrual hygiene management practices were girls’ place of residence, knowledge status of menstruation and its hygiene management, and mothers’ educational status. This highlights a need for targeted interventions to raise awareness of school girls especially for rural residents and the public in general to improve the knowledge and practices of menstrual hygiene management.

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