Introduction: Menstruation in a naturally occurring phenomenon which has an impact on physical and mental health of a woman. Therefore proper knowledge attitude and hygienic practices right from the childhood may escalate healthy well-being and also extenuate various myths and social beliefs regarding menstruation.
Objective: To assess the knowledge and practices of Menstrual hygiene among reproductive age group females in a rural medical college Hospital in U.P.
Methodology: It's a community based cross sectional study in OPD dept. of Obst. & Gynae in a rural medical college hospital in U.P. A predesigned pretested questionnaire was allocated.
Results: A total of 543 female were interviewed. 41% had menarche around 13 years. 80% were unaware about menstruation before menarche. 86% did not know the cause of menstruation. 64% had no knowledge regarding the origin of the blood flow. 62% were using sanitary pads as absorbent and 72% were using open disposal method out of them. 91% and 86% were taking bath and doing hand washing during menstruation regularly. More than 80% were refrained from doing religious act during menstruation.