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Table 2 Table showing socio-cultural practices followed by study participants while menstruating

From: Perception and practices of menstruation restrictions among urban adolescent girls and women in Nepal: a cross-sectional survey

Menstrual Practices (N = 1342)Frequency (percentage)
N (%)
Touches plant/ fruits/ vegetables700 (52.2)
Prays227 (16.9)
Attends school/ work1059 (78.9)
Sleeps in her usual bed1066 (79.4)
Touches male members of the family901 (67.1)
Eats with family932 (69.5)
Enters the kitchen827 (61.6)
Cooks food730 (54.4)
Touches water taps909 (67.7)
Touches pickled food (achar)695 (51.8)
Eats dairy products907 (67.6)
Purifies bed and bed sheets on 4th day of menstruation888 (66.2)
Enters places of worship142 (10.6)
Visits relatives783 (58.4)
Attends social gatherings817 (60.9)
Attends religious gatherings169 (12.6)
Wears specific sets of clothes while menstruating275 (20.5)
Mentions menstruation openly643 (47.9)
Person who generally cooks in the familya
Participant herself807 (60.1)
Participant’s Children48 (3.6)
Participant’s Husband43 (3.2)
Other family members543 (40.5)
Maid36 (2.7)
Others61 (4.6)
Person who cooks in the family while the participant is menstruatinga
Participant herself648 (48.3)
Participant’s Children81 (6.0)
Participant’s Husband79 (5.9)
Other family members687 (51.2)
Maid34 (2.5)
Others55 (4.1)
Things to purify on 4th day of menstruation#
Kitchen245 (18.3)
Bed738 (55.0)
Whole house185 (13.8)
Nothing455 (33.9)
  1. Notes: a = Not mutually exclusive, percentages will not add up to 100