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Contemporary beliefs surrounding the menarche: a pilot study of adolescent girls at a school in middle England

Wigmore-Sykes, M; Ferris, M; Singh, S; (2020) Contemporary beliefs surrounding the menarche: a pilot study of adolescent girls at a school in middle England. Education for Primary Care 10.1080/14739879.2020.1836678. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Despite menarche affecting half of the population, there is limited research into its effects and limited dialogue within UK society. As Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), which encompasses issues like puberty, becomes compulsory in all schools in England for the first time, understanding the impact of menarche is vital. This study aimed to explore the beliefs about and experiences of menarche amongst adolescent girls. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eleven participants aged 16-18 attending a secondary school in Warwickshire. A thematic analysis was carried out, with emerging themes discussed between two researchers. All participants had received some RSE teaching at school, although many felt that it did not provide sufficient detail. These sessions also occurred too late for some participants who had already reached menarche. A range of emotions were recalled at this milestone; while some girls felt prepared and mature, others reported disbelief and shame. Mothers were the most important person for guidance, while conversations with fathers about menstruation were generally avoided. GPs were not considered a source of advice, despite some participants experiencing significant symptoms and menstrual irregularity. It is clear that the impact of menarche should not be underestimated and stigma surrounding menstruation still exists today. To address these issues, suggested improvements include mixed gender teaching to promote open discussions and making the role of GPs more visible to the adolescent community.

Type: Article
Title: Contemporary beliefs surrounding the menarche: a pilot study of adolescent girls at a school in middle England
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2020.1836678
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14739879.2020.1836678
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Menarche, adolescent medicine, puberty
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114543
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