Learning Objective 1: To understand the perceptions and behaviors of menstrual health among college students in Taiwan.
Learning Objective 2: To understand cultural contexts related menstruation Taiwanese students.
The purpose of the presentation is to explore the perceptions and behaviors of menstrual health among college students and to provide reference of using Multi-touch table in data collection.
The design of the study utilizes a cross-sectional questionnaire survey by using digital Multi-touch table. A total of 217 college students were recruited using a convenience sampling. A structured questionnaire including dietary practice, daily activity and exercise was applied to data collection. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
The majority of participants were nursing college students. More than ninety percent of participants were females’ students. Over 86% participants reported to relieve menstrual symptoms by drinking rose tea. Near 96% participants restricted their diets such as “cold food” during their menstrual periods. More than 99% participants was no restricting involvement in exercise during menstrual period. One third college students believed that Chinese herbal soup was good for menstrual health. Approximate 92% participants had significant concern to release their menstrual symptoms by practicing healthy diets.
The findings of this study indicated the current perceptions and behaviors of the menstrual health among college students in Taiwan. Cultural beliefs have influenced on daily practice of menstruation among college students in Taiwan.
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