Table 1

Full 54-item pool and participants responding (n=538)

NoItemNever
%
Sometimes
%
Often
%
Always
%
Missing
% (n)*
1I was able to choose the menstrual materials I most wanted to use.14.9539.446.9238.690.56 (3)
2My menstrual materials were comfortable.14.5329.6211.3244.531.49 (8)
3(r)I worried that my menstrual materials would allow blood to pass through to my outer garments.28.6338.4214.6918.271.30 (7)
4(r)I worried that my menstrual materials would move from place while I was wearing them.30.9244.089.9215.082.60 (14)
5(r)I worried about how I would get more of my menstrual material if I ran out.23.5643.8713.4119.162.97 (16)
6I had enough of my menstrual materials to change them as often as I wanted to.18.7333.5911.5836.103.72 (20)
7I was satisfied with the cleanliness of my menstrual materials.13.4223.1513.0450.394.46 (24)
8I could get more of my menstrual materials when I needed to.19.3541.1813.0926.382.04 (11)
9I felt comfortable carrying spare menstrual materials with me outside my home.30.8632.7610.8625.522.42 (13)
10I felt comfortable carrying menstrual materials to the place where I changed them.30.1230.6911.3927.803.72 (20)
11I felt comfortable transporting used materials to wash or dispose of them.22.8131.1812.7433.272.23 (12)
12I had a clean place to store my menstrual materials when I was not using them during my period.12.6923.1110.4253.791.86 (10)
13(r)I was worried that someone would see my stored menstrual materials when I was not using them.24.9544.4710.3220.260.93 (5)
14I felt comfortable storing my menstrual materials until my next period.14.6621.807.5256.021.12 (6)
15I was able to wash my hands when I wanted to.4.3124.726.3764.610.74 (4)
16I was able to wash my vagina when I wanted to.10.5316.3510.7162.411.12 (6)
17I was able to wash my hands and vagina as often as I wanted to.9.3320.1912.0058.482.42 (13)
18(r)I was concerned that I would not have enough soap to wash my hands or vagina.19.7746.9012.9820.354.09 (22)
19I felt clean during my last period.13.0225.0913.0947.921.49 (8)
20(r)I worried about where to dispose of my used menstrual materials.36.5530.4911.9321.021.86 (10)
21(r)I worried that people, or animals, may be able to access my used menstrual materials after I disposed of them.44.0330.229.8915.860.37 (2)
22(r)I was concerned that others would see my used menstrual materials in the place I disposed of them.33.0238.8112.3115.860.37 (2)
23I was able to immediately dispose of my used menstrual materials.15.4626.0711.7346.740.19 (1)
24I was able to dispose of my used materials in the way that I wanted to.21.0019.8911.9047.210 (0)
25When at home, I was able to change my menstrual materials when I wanted to.6.1623.136.1664.550.37 (2)
26When at home, I was satisfied with the place I used to change my menstrual materials.8.0723.4512.3856.100.93 (5)
27When at home, I had a clean place to change my menstrual materials.5.6918.4111.7664.142.04 (11)
28(r)When at home, I worried that I would not be able to change my menstrual materials when I needed to.30.2235.6314.9319.220.37 (2)
29(r)When at home, I worried that someone would see me while I was changing my menstrual materials.30.5841.658.8218.950.93 (5)
30(r)When at home, I worried that someone would harm me while I was changing my menstrual materials.46.6026.769.8116.791.49 (8)
31(r)When at home, I worried that something else would harm me while I was changing my menstrual materials (eg, animals, insects, unsafe structure).47.9632.348.3611.340 (0)
32(r)When at home, I worried that someone would see me when I was washing my vagina.39.2535.858.4916.421.49 (8)
33When at home, I felt comfortable using the same location for urination as when I do not have my period.37.2725.849.9326.970.74 (4)
34(r)When at home, I worried that others would see my menstrual blood after I had urinated.29.6638.439.7022.200.37 (2)
35When at school, I was able to change my menstrual materials when I wanted to.34.5133.776.7225.000.37 (2)
36When at school, I was satisfied with the place I used to change my menstrual materials.29.0630.1912.0828.681.49 (8)
37When at school, I felt comfortable using the same location for urination as when I do not have my period.38.9728.259.6023.351.30 (7)
38(r)When at school, I worried that others would see my menstrual blood after I had urinated.28.8939.7710.6920.640.93 (5)
39When at school, I had a clean place to change my menstrual materials.30.1726.9410.4432.452.04 (11)
40(r)When at school, I worried that I would not be able to change my menstrual materials when I needed to.23.2141.5113.0222.261.49 (8)
41(r)When at school, I worried that someone would see me while I was changing my menstrual materials.28.6339.5512.9918.831.30 (7)
42(r)When at school, I worried that someone would harm me while I was changing my menstrual materials.37.8330.9010.6720.600.74 (4)
Items relevant to those washing and reusing materials (n=291)
43I had enough water to soak or wash my menstrual material.6.2320.765.5467.470.69 (2)
44I had access to a basin to soak or wash my menstrual materials whenever I needed it.13.0626.129.9750.860 (0)
45I was able to wash my menstrual materials when I wanted to.15.1423.947.7553.172.41 (7)
46I had enough soap to wash my menstrual materials.8.8031.349.5150.352.41 (7)
47(r)I worried that someone would see me while I was washing my menstrual materials.27.9242.7612.0117.312.75 (8)
48(r)I worried about how I would get soap to wash my menstrual materials.31.0738.9312.1417.863.78 (11)
49(r)I worried that my menstrual materials would not be dry when I needed them.31.4939.1013.4915.920.69 (2)
50(r)I worried that others would see my menstrual materials while they were drying.23.0842.3112.2422.381.72 (5)
51I was able to dry my materials when I wanted to.12.9822.1113.3351.582.06 (6)
52I was satisfied with the place I used to dry my menstrual materials.15.0325.879.4449.651.72 (5)
53I was satisfied with the appearance of my menstrual materials after I had cleaned them.8.0424.8312.2454.901.72 (5)
54I was satisfied with the smell of my menstrual materials after I had cleaned them.21.8025.267.2745.670.69 (2)
  • *Excluded from calculation of response percentages.

  • (r), reverse-scored.