Mitos y creencias del cuidado e higiene íntima en mujeres peruanas jóvenes

Christian R. Mejia, Ariana Peralta Medina, D. Mariana Rodriguez, Maria Gracia T. Castro, Camila Pajares Herrera, Mariapaula Bedoya Castillo, Adrián Moron Arce

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Introduction: Myths and beliefs about female intimate hygiene are often spread, which could have consequences in many aspects. Objective: To determine the association between the myths and beliefs of intimate care and hygiene and the actual care of intimate hygiene in young Peruvian women. Method: An analytical cross-sectional study was conducted, which exposed a review of the topic to conduct a survey of 21 questions on common issues in intimate hygiene, post pilot, asked about its performance and weekly frequency; The latter was associated with socio-educational variables. Results: Of the 600 young women surveyed, there was a difference regarding age according to the perception of the use of cotton underwear (p = 0.013), the cleaning of the intimate area from front to back (p <0.001), the use of underwear not very tight (p <0.001), the use of synthetic clothing (p = 0.045), the use of exclusive soap for the intimate area (p <0.001), the age of onset of sexual intercourse (p = 0.031) and the use of contraceptive methods as causing flow (p = 0.008). Regarding whether or not they were students, there was a difference in the perception that shaving the pubis for cleaning (p = 0.018) and that relaxation exercises decrease vaginal discharge (p = 0.030). Conclusions: Some myths and beliefs regarding intimate cleansing were described; In turn, some hygiene practices were found to be associated with age and being a student. This should be studied in depth, as this could lead to bigger problems.

Título traducido de la contribuciónMyths and beliefs of intimate care and hygiene in young peruvian women
Idioma originalEspañol
Páginas (desde-hasta)442-449
PublicaciónRevista Chilena de Obstetricia y Ginecologia
EstadoIndizado - oct. 2020

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Palabras clave

  • Infections
  • Vaginal examinations. (Source: MeSH NLM)
  • Vaginal yeast


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