We only use your email address to send you the newsletter and to see how many people are opening our emails. A full privacy policy can be viewed here. You can change your mind at any time and update your preferences or unsubscribe.

Puberty and menstruation knowledge among young adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review

12.12.18 | Global

Menstruation | Puberty | Sexual reproductive health and nutrition

Authors

Ernestina Coast, Samantha R. Lattof and Joe Strong

This article presents a scoping review of evidence relating to knowledge and experiences of puberty and menstruation among females aged 10–14 years in low- and middle-income countries. Forty-four items from 12 countries were identified from a systematic scoping review and screening of 8083 items. Included studies were quality assessed. A majority (40/44) of studies used school-based samples, and fifteen studies reported on interventions. Girls had inadequate knowledge about menstruation; menarche as a trigger for girls learning about menstruation was common. Adolescents struggled with menstrual hygiene. Negative emotions were associated with menarche and menstrual management. A minority of studies dealt explicitly with puberty. Most girls obtained information about menstruation and/or puberty from their mothers, although mothers were not necessarily girls’ preferred source for learning about these topics. Young adolescent girls are under-prepared for puberty and menstruation. Predominantly school-based studies mean we know little about young out-of-school adolescents. The evidence base lags behind the rise in interest from practitioners as well as the development (and evaluation) of puberty and/or menstruation interventions.

Suggested citation

Coast, E., Lattof, S. R. and Strong, J. (2019) ‘Puberty and menstruation knowledge among young adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review’, International Journal of Public Health. Springer International Publishing, 64(2), pp. 293–304.


Related publications

Method tools and guides
24.06.22
Bangladesh Chittagong and Sylhet Impact Evaluation Baseline (2020)
Across GAGE capabilities
Bangladesh
Read more
24.06.22 | Across GAGE capabilities | Method tools and guides | Bangladesh
Bangladesh Chittagong and Sylhet Impact Evaluation Baseline (2020)
Read more
Method tools and guides
24.06.22
Bangladesh Chittagong and Sylhet Cross Section (2018)
Across GAGE capabilities
Bangladesh
Read more
24.06.22 | Across GAGE capabilities | Method tools and guides | Bangladesh
Bangladesh Chittagong and Sylhet Cross Section (2018)
Read more
Method tools and guides
24.06.22
Cox's Bazar Panel Survey Baseline (2019)
Across GAGE capabilities
Bangladesh
Read more
24.06.22 | Across GAGE capabilities | Method tools and guides | Bangladesh
Cox's Bazar Panel Survey Baseline (2019)
Read more