oa Institute of African Studies Research Review - Traditional menstrual practices : sexual and reproductive health and gender implications for adolescent girls

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0855-4412



Menstruation is still considered by some as waste blood and dirty, leading to the imposition of restrictions on girls at menarche. A total of 300 respondents aged 13-19 years from 3 ethnic groups in two regions of Ghana participated in the study.

A significant relationship exists between levels of restrictions and exposure to sexual risks (p<05). Though misconceptions about menstruation expose girls to sexual risks and gender problems, the public remains oblivious to these problems and they are hardly discussed. Vigorous education is needed at family and community levels to correct misconceptions about menstruation and stop traditional menstrual practices that undermine the wellbeing of females.

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