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Table 4 Comparison of participation in daily activities between 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)
(Reusable pad OR = 1.00)
  %(N) %(N)  
Does your menstruation ever cause you to: (n = 169)  
Miss school 17.2 (11) 21.9 (23) 1.35 (0.61–3.00)
Not do your homework 6.3 (4) 8.6 (9) 1.41 (0.41–4.77)
Miss work in the field 17.2 (11) 21.0 (22) 1.28 (0.57–2.85)
Be unable to play with other children 37.5 (24) 41.9 (44) 1.20 (0.64–2.27)
Avoid physical sports/exercise 37.5 (24) 43.8 (46) 1.30 (0.69–2.45)
Avoid being around males 60.9 (39) 49.5 (52) 0.63 (0.33–1.18)
Avoid chores 7.8 (5) 5.7 (6) 0.72 (0.21–2.45)
Avoid sex 39.1 (25) 41.9 (44) 1.13 (0.60–2.12)
Are there activities or settings that you avoid while menstruating? (n = 183)
Yes 67.6 (48) 61.8 (68) 1.00
No 32.4 (23) 38.2 (42) 1.29 (0.69–2.41)
No answer 1 1  
 Activity or setting (n = 116)a    
  Serving food and beverages to guests 6.3 (3) 11.8 (8) 2.00 (0.50–7.97)
  Being around males 56.3 (27) 45.6 (31) 0.65 (0.31–1.37)
  Fetching water 18.8 (9) 41.2 (28) 3.03 (1.27–7.25)
  Cooking 8.3 (4) 26.5 (18) 3.96 (1.25–12.59)
  Being in a sacred space 0 (0) 7.4 (5)
  Physical sports/exercise 10.4 (5) 36.8 (25) 5.00 (1.75–14.28)
  Playing with other children 35.4 (17) 38.2 (26) 1.13 (0.52–2.43)
  Working in the field/garden 2.1 (1) 29.4 (20) 19.58 (2.53–151.85)
  Going to school 6.3 (3) 8.8 (6) 1.45 (0.34–6.12)
  Doing homework 0 (0) 4.4 (3)
Do the boys you know tease girls about their menstruation? (n = 183)
Yes 52.8 (38) 43.2 (48) 1.00
No 47.2 (34) 56.8 (63) 1.47 (0.81–2.66)
  1. aOf girls who reported there were activities or settings they avoided while menstruating