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Table 3 Perceptions of study participants on socio-cultural practices associated with menstruation, measured using the Likert scale

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

Perception of practices during Menstruation (N = 1342)Strongly agree
N (%)a
Agree
N (%)a
Strongly disagree
N (%)a
Disagree
N (%)a
Neither agree nor disagree
N (%)a
Okay for women to practice Chhaupadi13 (1.0)22 (1.6)693 (51.6)322 (24.0)292 (21.8)
Tree/ plant will spoil if a menstruating woman touches it29 (2.2)93 (6.9)681 (50.8)345 (25.7)194 (14.4)
Does not matter if a menstruating woman touches a male family member343 (25.6)613 (45.7)175 (13.0)160 (11.9)51 (3.8)
Important for women to eat separately while menstruating18 (1.4)101 (7.5)647 (48.2)525 (39.1)51 (3.8)
Better if women do not eat dairy products while menstruating25 (1.9)97 (7.2)571 (42.5)546 (40.7)103 (7.7)
Important to purify all bed clothes after use on 4th day of menstruation103 (7.7)687 (51.2)183 (13.6)202 (15.1)167 (12.4)
Good to have specific sets of clothes to wear during menstruation44 (3.3)235 (17.5)365 (27.2)530 (39.5)168 (12.5)
Good that women do not enter kitchen during menstruation28 (2.1)161 (12.0)474 (35.3)577 (43.0)102 (7.6)
Women should not go to places of worship while menstruating94 (7.0)692 (51.6)167 (12.4)206 (15.4)183 (13.6)
It is considerate not to attend religious gatherings while menstruating98 (7.3)552 (41.2)188 (14.0)289 (21.5)215 (16.0)
A woman should be able to go wherever she wants irrespective of menstrual cycle status304 (22.6)793 (59.1)92 (6.9)95 (7.1)58 (4.3)
Women should be able to use the washroom in the home when menstruating300 (22.4)687 (51.2)136 (10.1)180 (13.4)39 (2.9)
When menstruating it is monthly rest/ holiday for women not to go to the kitchen to cook137 (10.2)709 (52.8)122 (9.1)215 (16.0)159 (11.9)
Nice for women to not have to cook while menstruating47 (3.5)295 (22.0)230 (17.1)584 (43.5)186 (13.9)
A woman should be able to rest whenever she wants to360 (26.8)781 (58.2)67 (5.0)65 (4.8)69 (5.2)
  1. Notes: n (%)a = Frequency (row percentages)