Misconception and Effect of Menstruation (Chhaupadi) and Delivery on Women’s Health in Bajura, District Nepal
Background: Chhaupadi is the old unscientific system in mid and far
western parts of Nepal. Reproductive age women were considered unclean
during the menstrual and delivery period. Invisible cultural taboos and
practices were prevailing in each and every household. The objective of the
study is to assess the associated factors affecting during Chhaupadi and
delivery practice with their health outcome.
Methods: The cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted amongst
175 reproductive age women in Bajura districts of Nepal, by using
multistage random sampling. Both qualitative and quantitative methods
was used. All the data were entered in Ms excel and exported into
SPSS 16.0. The necessary descriptive and inferential statistics was used
for quantitative analysis and thematic analysis was done for qualitative
Results: More than one third (38.9%) of the participants were in the age
group 20-29 years. Almost all the participants were from Hindu religion.
The majority (91%) of participants know about the Chhaupadi system.
Almost (74%) of the participants were staying in the Chhaupadi hut during
menstruation. Similarly, (78.3%) of the respondents were mentioned, they
did not like the Chhau system and never like to continued. There is a
significant association between health effect in women and the Chhaupadi
system (p < 0.031).
Conclusion: We conclude that the larger proportion of women in Bajura
District still believes in old unscientific tales and Chhaupadi practices
which lead to the different health problems.
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