Traditional genital hygiene practices in Turkey
This descriptive study is planned to find frequency of traditional genital practices which affecting women's reproductive health. Research took place in Istanbul, a largest city located in the West of Turkey. A total of 178 women participated in the study. All of the subjects were asked about the use of frequency and reason for traditional genital practices. The findings of the study showed that traditional genital practices which affect reproductive health are prevalent. In our country, traditionally learned health information, behaviors and beliefs have an adverse effect on women health and need to be changed and corrected. Nurses should know the religious and traditional practices and culture of the society for which they provide care, so that their efforts to protect and improve women's health will be effective.