2019, VOL. 5 ISSUE 2, PART B
Adolescence is the period of transition from puberty to maturity. The age group 10 -19 years identifies the period of adolescence. Reproductive health means a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity in all the matters relating to the reproductive system functions and processes.
Reproductive health needs, especially adolescent’s reproductive health needs are poorly understood and ill served in India. Adolescents are poorly informed regarding their own sexuality and physical well being their health and their bodies. Their knowledge about reproductive health is incomplete and confused. Early and unprotected sexual relations amongst unmarried adolescents may lead to unwanted pregnancies and repeated abortions leading to poor health and maternal health.
Present study was conducted in Beawar which is small town ship area in Rajasthan. The age of adolescents was 17-19 years and belonged to middle income group. They were well informed about menstruation but did not know the importance of menstruation. Their knowledge about marriage and pregnancy was adequate but not aware about the different contraceptive methods. They were well informed about HIV/AIDS. These findings suggest that we should plan some training session for adolescents so that they can get appropriate knowledge about reproductive health.