Assessment of Occurrence Frequency and the Level of Students’ Knowledge of Vaginitis

  • Dorota Żurawska Voivodship Addiction Therapy and Prevention Centre in Lomza, Poland
  • Iwona Ostaszewska-Puchalska Medical Institute Lomza State University of Applied Sciences, Łomża, Poland

Abstract

Vaginitis is a pathological state, which potentially every woman can get afflicted with, independent of age. The aim of this work was to assess the frequency of vaginitis occurrence and the level of students’ knowledge on the subject matter. Materials and methods. The research was conducted on the group of 200 Lomza State University of Applied Sciences female students in Lomza. The studied women were in 19-50 age range. Diagnostic survey was used as a method and a self-prepared questionnaire as a tool for the research.
Results. Among various etnological factors of vaginitis, the students were most acquainted with a yeast infection (66.0%) and the most often mentioned factors fostering its occurrence included: „insufficient hygiene level” (56.0%) and sexual intercourse (55.5%). A vast majority (83.0%) stated that having multiple sex partners fosters the inflammation. 55.0% of the women stated that checkups at a gynecologist should be done „once half a year”, but as many as 44.5% of the respondents attended a specialist only in case the symptoms occurred and 23.5% had never done it. The students claimed that the most well-known way of preventing vaginal infections was „a proper hygiene of private parts” (88.0%). 32.0% of the women had undergone vaginitis, where 21.9% had its recurrence. The most frequent cause of vaginitis were yeasts (62.5%). 47.0% of the respondents admitted that the subject matter is being very seldom discussed in the available sources. Conclusions. 1. The female students’ knowledge of the issues connected with vaginitis was poor. 2. Many from the surveyed women visited gynecologists irregularly and some of them had never done that. 3. Every third woman had suffered from vaginitis in her lifetime and in every fifth of them the disease had a recurring nature. 4. There is a necessity of more extensive education on the issues connected with vaginitis for women in various age groups, beginning from the school period.

Published
2017-06-29
How to Cite
ŻURAWSKA, Dorota; OSTASZEWSKA-PUCHALSKA, Iwona. Assessment of Occurrence Frequency and the Level of Students’ Knowledge of Vaginitis. Polish Journal of Applied Sciences, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 4, p. 136-141, june 2017. ISSN 2451-1544. Available at: <https://pjas.ansl.edu.pl/index.php/pjas/article/view/34>. Date accessed: 29 nov. 2022.
Section
Public Health