KNOWLEDGE ABOUT LACTATIONAL AMENORRHEA AS A NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING METHOD AMONG NURSING STUDENTS
|Rekhaudgiri, Vijaysorgavi and Arun
|Corresponding Author: SHARMA VIVEK, E-mail: [email protected]|
|Received: 12 Feb-2013 Accepted: 20 Feb-2013|
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Breast milk is amrit for babies and is vital for child survival, maternal health and child spacing. Breast milk and breastfeeding provide physiological and psychological benefits birth for baby as well as the lactating mother. The breastfeeding mechanism also stimulates the release of certain hormones in the breastfeeding woman that render her amenorrhoeic and protect her from another pregnancy. Field and laboratory investigation have confirmed the traditional belief that lactation prolongs postpartum amenorrhea and provides some degree of protection against pregnancy  It has been estimated that 50% of pregnancies are unwanted or unplanned. The lacational amenorrhea method (LAM) is a highly efficient tool for the women to utilize. The efficacy and effectiveness of LAM is affected by its correct usage. The present study was undertaken to assess the knowledge on LAM among nursing students. OBJECTIVES: To assess the knowledge about lactation amenorrhea among nursing students, To compare the pre and post test results after giving health education. MATERIAL AND METHODS : Study design – Cross-sectional, Study period- one month, Sample size- 61 students (3rd year=39 and 4th year=22), Study area- B.sc Nursing students of BLDEU shri.B.M.Patil Medical College, Bijapur. Karanataka. These students are more likely to have contact with people soon. After obtaining permission from the concerned authority the predesigned semi structured questionnaires were distributed to the students. The information was collected in the pretest, after giving health education regarding LAM post test was conducted. Knowledge about LAM was assessed by applying statistical test. Statistical test- Percentage, McNemar’s test.