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Genital Hygiene Behaviors and Resulting Health Status of Female Students Staying In a University Dormitory
Dilek Bilgiç1,Pelin Yüksel2,Hümeyra Gülhan,Fatma Şirin4,Hülya Uygun5
1Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Fakültesi, İzmir, Türkiye
2Ankara Acıbadem Hastanesi Oran Çankaya, Ankara, Türkiye
3Sivas Özel Bahçeşehir Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi, Sivas, Türkiye
4Özel Manavgat Yaşam Hastanesi, Antalya, Türkiye
5Özel Altunizade Acıbadem Hastanesi Üsküdar, İstanbul, Türkiye
Aim: The study was conducted to determine genital hygiene behaviors and resulting health status of female students staying in a university dormitory.

Material and Method: The study was conducted with 723 students residing in a hostel at a state university, who agreed to participate in the research. The data were collected by using a questionnaire alongside a face-to-face interview. Statistical measures (numbers, percentages, mean, standard deviation) and chi-square test were then used to analyze the data.

Findings: 29.2% of students are applying the wrong technique (from behind to front) in cleaning their genital area. More than a quarter of the students (27.1%) clean the genital area using soap and water. In the study were found that nearly half of the students (41.8%) did not wash their hands before entering the toilet. 56.7 % of students use cotton underwear. 78.0% students reported using pads for vaginal discharge. At present, the students" most frequent complaint was of urinary tract infection (UTI) and fungal infection. 60.7% of the students who have a complaint of infection of whatever cause (characterised by frequent urination, lower abdominal pain, excess foul-smelling vaginal discharge, vaginal itching, burning during urination) did not engage in help-seeking behaviour.

Conclusion: In the study, genital hygiene is insufficiently attended to, with a lack of appropriate genital hygiene behavior amongst the students. The students" genital hygiene practices are not at the desired level yet. As a result, in some students possible genitourinary symptoms are present. Keywords : Genital hygiene, genital infection, university student, help-seeking behavior