Myths and Challenges Regarding Menstrual Hygiene among Adolescent Girls of Islamabad


  • Gul Mehar Javaid Bukhari Rawalpindi Medical University
  • Maimoona Nazar Federal Medical College, Islamabad
  • Laiba Sultan Federal Medical College, Islamabad
  • Janita Azeem Federal Medical College, Islamabad
  • Mariam Jamil Federal Medical College, Islamabad
  • Hajr-e-Aswad Khan Khattak Federal Medical College, Islamabad
  • Farah Rashid Federal Medical College, Islamabad



Menstrual hygiene, adolescent girls, myths, challenges


Background: Menstrual hygiene remains clouded by misconceptions, posing challenges for adolescent girls. This study aims to identify myths surrounding menstrual hygiene among young girls in Islamabad and recognize the challenges they face in maintaining proper menstrual hygiene.

Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in three government schools in Islamabad, involving adolescent girls aged 13-18 years in grades 8-12 over a six-month period. Simple random sampling was used to enroll 600 participants, and data were collected using a self-structured, pre-tested questionnaire. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 25.

Results: Of the 600 participants, 47% were in the age group of 13-15 years, and 53% were in the age group of 16-18 years. Mothers were the primary source of information for 85.8% of the girls. Common myths included 69% of girls avoiding baths based on advice from elders and 58.2% avoiding washing their groin during menstruation. Challenges reported by adolescent girls included 38.8% finding menstrual products unaffordable, 56.6% lacking sanitary pads at school, and 54.8% feeling embarrassed about asking for menstrual products. Additionally, 56.5% of girls were hesitant to discuss genital issues due to social taboos.

Conclusion: This study highlights prevalent myths and challenges undermining menstrual hygiene practices among adolescent girls. Debunking these myths and providing necessary facilities are essential to enhance menstrual health and overall quality of life for adolescent girls.




How to Cite

Myths and Challenges Regarding Menstrual Hygiene among Adolescent Girls of Islamabad. (2023). Pakistan Journal of Public Health, 13(4), 168-171.