Article Text

other Versions

Menarche: onset and management in London schools
  1. Philippa Prentice,
  2. Joseph Raine
  1. Whittington Hospital, Highgate Hill, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Joseph Raine, Whittington Hospital, Highgate Hill, London, UK; joseph.raine{at}

Statistics from

We carried out a population study in an inner city London borough with high immigration rates and wide ethnic diversity. Almost a decade after reports showed that one in eight girls attained menarche while at primary school,1 and that little more than 50% of girls' toilets had disposal facilities,2 we revisited this important public health, educational and social issue.

A questionnaire, designed with input from hospital staff and teachers, was sent to the head teachers of all 44 state primary schools in Islington, with education authority support. Information collected included: the number and ethnicities of menarcheal girls in year 5 (9–10 years) and year 6 (10–11 years), whether teaching about …

View Full Text

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.