Introduction: Menstruation despite being a natural process is with several misconceptions and false practices, resulting in adverse health outcomes. Nurses are bridge between patient and medical profession. Hence present study was undertaken to assess knowledge, attitude and practice of menstrual hygiene among first year nursing students.
Methods: Cross-sectional study conducted among 100 nursing students from June 2017 to August 2017. Participants were interviewed and data collected, analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences and results expressed in frequency and percentages.
Results: 78% of students were aware of the menstruation. 48% felt discomfort at the time of menarche. 85/100 students had one or more restrictions during menstruation. 74% of them used sanitary pads during menstruation and 65% of those who used sanitary pads discarded them in dustbin and 16% of them burnt it.
Conclusions: From this study we found that knowledge and practices regarding menstruation is satisfactory, still education about menstrual hygiene need to be imparted at the grass root level. Health care workers, teachers and media can play a major role in hygienic menstrual practices.