‘We Keep It Secret So No One Should Know’ – A Qualitative Study to Explore Young Schoolgirls Attitudes and Experiences with Menstruation in Rural Western Kenya

@inproceedings{Mason2013WeKI,
  title={‘We Keep It Secret So No One Should Know’ – A Qualitative Study to Explore Young Schoolgirls Attitudes and Experiences with Menstruation in Rural Western Kenya},
  author={Linda Mason and Elizabeth Nyothach and Kelly T. Alexander and Frank O. Odhiambo and Alie Eleveld and John Vulule and Richard Rheingans and Kayla F. Laserson and Aisha Abba Mohammed and Penelope A Phillips-Howard},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2013}
}
BACKGROUND Keeping girls in school offers them protection against early marriage, teen pregnancy, and sexual harms, and enhances social and economic equity. Studies report menstruation exacerbates school-drop out and poor attendance, although evidence is sparse. This study qualitatively examines the menstrual experiences of young adolescent schoolgirls. METHODS AND FINDINGS The study was conducted in Siaya County in rural western Kenya. A sample of 120 girls aged 14-16 years took part in 11… CONTINUE READING