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Table 3 Schoolgirls’ ratings of absorbent reliability compared between those using reusable pads and those using 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)
Do you feel you can rely on this absorbent to keep you from soiling when you have to…   
Walk a long distance 75.7 (53) 37.7 (40) 5.14 (2.62–10.08) 43.3 (13) 37.1 (23) 28.6 (4) 88.9 (16)
Be gone from home for a long time 75.7 (53) 40.6 (43) 4.31 (2.23–8.35) 40.0 (12) 40.3 (25) 42.9 (6) 77.8 (14)
Move quickly or strenuously 73.6 (53) 49.1 (52) 2.90 (1.52–5.54) 46.7 (14) 46.8 (29) 64.3 (9) 72.2 (13)
Sit for a long time 68.1 (49) 35.9 (38) 3.81 (2.02–7.19) 23.3 (7) 38.7 (2) 50.0 (7) 77.8 (14)
Be around males 59.2 (42) 28.6 (30) 3.62 (1.92–6.83) 27.6 (8) 25.8 (16) 42.9 (6) 66.7 (12)
Go to the farm 88.6 (62) 60.0 (63) 5.17 (2.25–11.89) 55.2 (16) 61.3 (38) 64.3 (9) 100 (16)
Go to school 90.1 (64) 53.8 (57) 7.86 (3.30–18.74) 60.0 (18) 51.6 (32) 50.0 (7) 100 (17)
Go to the market 83.3 (60) 43.4 (46) 6.52 (3.15–13.52) 46.7 (14) 40.3 (25) 50.0 (7) 88.2 (15)
How much of a problem is leaking when using this absorbent? (n = 174)     
Not a problem at all 55.6 (40) 14.71 (15) 7.25 (3.53–14.87) 4.6 (1) 14.8 (9) 38.5 (5) 72.2 (13)
A little bit of a problem 34.7 (25) 35.3 (36) 1.00 64.3 (18) 27.9 (17) 7.7 (1) 22.2 (4)
A big problem 9.7 (7) 50.0 (51) 32.1 (9) 57.4 (35) 53.9 (7) 5.6 (1)
Do you often worry about odour? (n = 181)       
Never 42.3 (30) 40.0 (44) 1.10 (0.60–2.01) 40.0 (12) 41.0 (25) 36.8 (7) 38.9 (7)
Rarely/Sometimes 19.7 (14) 29.1 (32) 1.00 23.3 (7) 32.8 (20) 26.3 (5) 44.4 (8)
Often/All the time 38.0 (27) 30.9 (34) 36.7 (11) 26.2 (16) 36.8 (7) 16.7 (3)
During your last menstrual period did you experience… (n = 140)a     
Fear of panty soiling 60.0 (33) 54.1 (46) 1.27 (0.64–2.53) 54.6 (12) 53.2 (25) 56.3 (9) 61.5 (8)
Odour 29.1 (16) 32.9 (28) 0.84 (0.40–1.74) 31.8 (7) 38.3 (18) 18.8 (3) 23.1 (3)
Outside garment soiling 43.6 (24) 43.5 (37) 1.00 (0.51–1.99) 45.5 (10) 44.7 (21) 37.5 (6) 61.5 (8)
Fear that sanitary protection would fall out of underwear 47.3 (26) 49.4 (42) 0.92 (0.47–1.81) 63.6 (14) 46.8 (22) 37.5 (6) 23.1 (3)
  1. aAn error in the survey application meant in 38 cases this item failed to load, a further 10 girls did not respond