Sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescent girls from conservative and low-income families in Erzurum, Turkey
Health (Irvine, Calif.)
The objective of this survey was to determine the sexual and reproductive health needs of conservative and/or economically challenged adolescent girls. A total of 310 subjects (16.5 ± 2.2 years old), attending three private institutes teaching Islamic matter and the holy Quran and two private institutes teaching carpet-weaving in Erzurum, Turkey, were interviewed between November 2004 and February 2005. The questionnaire covered knowledge on reproductive health and sexual matters to attain
... ters to attain their feelings prior to their first menarche, their practices during menstruation, and their awareness of gynecological and sexually transmitted diseases as well as their attitudes toward and responsiveness to domestic violence. Their responses showed that these issues were considered taboo and/or embarrassing to share. Also, a considerable percentage of the girls had no or limited knowledge on reproductive health and sexual matters and mismanaged gynecological problems and domestic violence. Moreover, those had knowledge revealed that their sources were non-scientific information from unprofessional individuals. In conclusion, the conservative and/or economically challenged adolescent girls who are not attending regular high schools need professional lectures on reproductive health and sexual matters.