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Awareness of reproductive health among the kurmi adolescent girls of Raipur city, Chhattisgarh, India

Author : Pratibha Patanwar, KKN Sharma

Background- Reproductive health is a crucial part of general health and a central feature of human development. It is a reflection of health during childhood and crucial during adolescence adulthood, sets and stage for health beyond the reproductive years for both women and men, and affects the health of the next generation. Objective-To know the extent of awareness of reproductive health among Kurmi adolescent girls aged 16-19years from Raipur City, Chhattisgarh. Material and Methods-A School based Study was conducted in various schools of Raipur city through predesigned multiple choice questionnaires. Result- The study revealed that majority of the girls scored well in the knowledge of safe sexual relation, right age of child bearing, mode of pregnancy preventions. The areas where girls scored low were meaning of Reproductive health, prior knowledge of menstruation, fertile period, contraception, symptoms and transmission of AIDS, RTIs and knowledge of STDs other than AIDs/HIV was poor. Attitude towards Sex education were positive and pre marital sexual relation were disagreed by majority of the girls.Conclusion-To conclude poor knowledge in girls about Reproductive Health was a serious concern as found in the present study. Therefore Health education should be incorporated in the curriculum which should be given through teaching, interpersonal communication, television, health camps and specialist.


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