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Table 3 Menstrual Hygiene Management-related responses related to first month post-earthquake (n = 117)

From: Menstrual hygiene management among women and adolescent girls in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal

Variables n (%)
Received adsorbents as relief material
 Did not receive 117 (100.0%)
Receive soap as relief material
 Did not receive 59 (50.4%)
 Received as relief material 58 (49.6%)
Privacy available for MHM practice
 Not adequately available 67 (57.3%)
 Adequately available 50 (42.7%)
Timing to remember adsorbents as a need
 On the day of earthquake 15 (12.8%)
 Only when menstruation occurred 102 (87.2%)
Type of adsorbents used after the earthquake
 Disposable Pads 28 (23.9%)
 Reusable Cloth 89 (76.1%)
Source of the adsorbents? (Disposable pads; n = 28)
 Relative or Friend 12 (42.8%)
 Bought 11 (39.3%)
 Remaining from last time 5 (17.9%)
Source of the adsorbents? (Reusable cloths; n = 89)
 Old clothes 70 (78.7%)
 Relative or Friend 19 (21.3%)
Disposal site for used disposable pad (n = 28)
 Along with other waste 4 (14.3%)
 Separately in a nearby open space 24 (85.7%)
Preferred choice of adsorbents
 Disposable Pads 91 (77.8%)
 Reusable Cloth 26 (22.2%)
Reason for preferring Disposable pads (n = 91)
 Clean 47 (40.2%)
 Hygienic 18 (19.8%)
 Easy to use 15 (16.5%)
 Comfortable 11 (12.1%)
Reason for preferring Reusable cloth (n = 26)
 Easy availability 14 (53.8%)
 Reusability 10 (38.5%)
 Habit 2 (7.7%)
Perceived sustainable choice in disasters
 Disposable Pads 31 (26.5%)
 Reusable Cloth 86 (73.5%)