Table 2

Self-reported menstrual hygiene management practices (n=201)

Per centN
Absorbent
What do you usually use as menstrual absorbent?
 AFRIpad35.872
 New cloth14.930
 Old cloth30.962
 Sanitary pad9.018
 Other (incl. toilet paper, underwear, mattress, sponge)9.519
How frequently do you change your sanitary protection?
 1× per day6.112
 2× per day33.265
 3× per day49.096
 4× per day9.719
 5+ times per day2.04
 Missing5
Washing reusable absorbents
Did you wash the absorbent? (n=158)*
 Yes95.7154
 No1.93
 No answer/don't know2.54
Did you use soap? (n=154)†
 Never00
 Sometimes1.93
 Every time98.1151
Drying reusable absorbents
Where did you dry the absorbent? (n=154)†
 Hidden inside (eg, under bed)47.473
 Hung up inside (eg, girls dorm, bathroom)11.017
 Outside41.664
How often did you wear the absorbent damp? (n=154)†
 Never77.3119
 Sometimes6.510
 Usually16.225
Absorbent disposal
What do you usually do with your used sanitary protection when you have to change at school? (n=158)‡
 Throw in latrine12.319
 Take home to wash or dispose85.7132
 Other12.03
What do you usually do with your used sanitary protection when you change at home? (n=199)
 Throw in latrine11.623
 Put in trash0.51
 Wash and reuse87.9175
Privacy
Do you worry about being observed when washing the absorbent? (n=154)†
 Yes73.4113
 No26.641
  • *Of girls using reusable menstrual absorbents (AFRIpads, cloth).

  • †Of girls using reusable menstrual absorbents (AFRIpads, cloth) who reported washing their absorbent.

  • ‡Only asked of girls who reported they ‘couldn't go whole day at school without changing absorbent’.