Learning Objective 1: List the content of a "knowing your body (KB)" kit, namely ovulation test kits, monthly menstrual calendars, digital thermometer, temperature graph and educational brochures
Learning Objective 2: Explain whether women used the "Knowing your body" (KB) kits and how comfortable and confident they were to use the content of the KB kit"
Methods: This pilot study, based on social cognitive theory, included 22 low-income women aged 18 to 39. A KBK was introduced during home visits by a community health worker/nursing student team. The KBK consisted of ovulation test strips, monthly menstrual log calendars, basal body temperature digital thermometer, graphs to chart temperature and educational brochures that contain information on female reproductive anatomy, hormones, menstrual cycle, birth controls, body temperature changes, characteristics of cervical mucus, and signs and symptoms of pregnancy. The women were interviewed 6-8 weeks later to confirm their experiences with the use of the KBK.
Results: Ninety-one percent used the ovulation test strips (mean=6.8 kits); 77.3%, 54.6% and 32% were very confident that they could properly use the ovulation strip, knew when they ovulated, and could use the thermometer to help them know when they were ovulating, respectively. Seventy-three percent of the women were comfortable using the ovulation test strips, 81.8%, 45.5% and 31.8% were comfortable using the thermometer, temperature graph, and the 2-day fluid/mucus observation, respectively.
Conclusion: The KBK provides a new opportunity for low-income women to know their bodies by monitoring their ovulation time and other menstrual changes as a pregnancy planning tool.
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