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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2018;24(3):265-275.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2018.24.3.265    Published online September 20, 2018.
Status of Use of Menstrual Hygiene Products and Genital Organ Hygiene Management in Unmarried Women
Hye Jin Kim, So Young Choi
1Graduate Student, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea.
2Professor, College of Nursing · Institute of Health Science, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea. css4214@gnu.ac.kr
The purpose of this study was to investigate the status of use of menstrual hygiene products and genital organ hygiene management in unmarried women.
Data from 161 unmarried women were used for analysis. The instruments consisted of self-reported questionnaires that included 40 items: 20 on General Characteristics & Sexual Health Related Characteristics, 8 on Using Status of Menstrual Hygiene Products, 12 on Genital Organ Hygiene Management.
The subjects used disposable sanitary napkin as the most frequently but the satisfaction was low, while the use of reusable sanitary napkin and tampons were few, but satisfaction was high. Sixty-seven percent of the unmarried women had sex experience, and more than 60% experienced abnormal symptoms in the genital organ. There was a significant difference in genital organ hygiene management according to sex experience. Among subjects of this study, 44.1% wanted to use menstrual cup, and 98.8% wanted to have education for their menstrual hygiene products.
Based on results of this study, a nationwide survey of the demand for menstrual hygiene products used by Korean women is needed, it is necessary to educate about the proper use of menstrual hygiene products and genital organ hygiene management.
Key Words: Menstrual Hygiene Products; Menstruation; Genitalia; Hygiene; Women

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