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Table 2 Experience of changing and cleaning absorbents compared between those using reusable pads and existing improvised methods

From: Schoolgirls’ experience and appraisal of menstrual absorbents in rural Uganda: a cross-sectional evaluation of reusable sanitary pads

  Reusable pad
N = 72
Existing improvised methods
N = 111
OR (95%CI)
(Existing method OR = 1.00)
Existing improvised methods (disaggregated) Sanitary pad
N = 18
New Cloth
N = 30
Old Cloth
N = 62
Other
N = 19
  %(N) %(N)   %(N) %(N) %(N) %(N)
How many minutes does it take for you to change your sanitary protection? (n = 178)     
 Minutes M (SD) 6.36 (11.75) 10.85 (13.96) d = 0.35 (0.04–0.64) 9.17 (13.94) 11.46 (14.54) 11.61 (12.43) 10.44 (12.27)
  0–4 min 69.6 (48) 49.5 (54) 2.24 (1.19–4.23) 53.3 (16) 50.8 (31) 44.4 (8) 44.4 (8)
  5+ minutes 30.4 (21) 50.5 (55) 1.00 46.7 (14) 49.2 (30) 55.6 (10) 55.6 (10)
Are you able to go to school for a full day without changing your protection? (n = 180)     
 No, never 70.8 (51) 50.9 (55) 1.00 53.3 (16) 49.2 (30) 52.9 (9) 61.1 (11)
 Yes, on some days 13.9 (10) 23.2 (25) 0.43 (0.23–0.80) 16.7 (5) 31.2 (19) 5.9 (1) 11.1 (2)
 Yes, always 15.3 (11) 25.9 (28) 30.0 (9) 19.7 (12) 41.2 (7) 27.8 (5)
How much of a problem is it to change your sanitary protection at school? (n = 140)a     
 Not a problem at all 41.0 (25) 7.6 (6) 8.44 (3.18–22.43) 14.3 (3) 4.2 (2) 10.0 (1) 38.5 (5)
 A little bit of a problem 29.5 (18) 32.9 (26) 1.00 38.1 (8) 31.3 (15) 30.0 (3) 46.2 (6)
 A big problem 29.5 (18) 59.5 (47) 47.6 (10) 64.6 (31) 60.0 (6) 15.4 (2)
Did you feel disgusted by washing the absorbent? (n = 154)b      
 Yes 22.5 (16) 48.2 (40) 1.00 65.4 (17) 40.4 (23)   
 No 77.5 (55) 51.8 (43) 3.20 (1.58–6.46) 34.6 (9) 59.7 (34)   
How long did it take the absorbent to dry completely? (n = 151)b     
 2 h or less 26.1 (18) 48.8 (40) 1.00 50.0 (13) 48.2 (27)   
 3–4 h 30.4 (21) 29.3 (24) 23.1 (6) 32.1 (18)   
 5–6 h 26.6 (17) 11.0 (9) 2.74 (1.35–5.55) 11.5 (3) 10.8 (6)   
 7 h + 18.8 (13) 11.0 (9) 15.4 (4) 8.9 (5)   
How often did you wear the absorbent damp? (n = 154)b     
 Never 85.9 (61) 69.9 (58) 2.63 (1.16–5.95) 61.5 (16) 73.7 (42)   
 Sometimes 6.9 (5) 6.0 (5) 1.00 11.5 (3) 3.5 (2)   
 Usually 6.9 (5) 24.1 (20) 26.9 (7) 22.8 (13)   
  1. aOf girls who reported they could not go a whole day without changing their absorbent at school
  2. bOf girls who reported washing and reusing their absorbent, and not asked of girls using disposable sanitary pads or ‘other’ absorbent