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Table 2 Socio-demographic characteristics of study participants

From: A novel banana fiber pad for menstrual hygiene in India: a feasibility and acceptability study

Item Rural (\(\hbox {N} = 111\)) Urban (\(\hbox {N} = 186\)) Significant test
Frequency Percentage Frequency Percentage \(\chi ^2\), df, p
Age
 10–19 years 78 70.3 56 30.1 47.39, 3, 0.000*
 20–25 years 13 11.7 33 17.7  
 \(>\,25\) years 19 17.1 95 51.1  
 No response 1 0.9 2 1.1  
Education
 Lower primary school 1 0.9 131.41, 5, 0.000*
 Upper primary school 6 5.4  
 High school 46 41.4 55 29.6  
 Pre-degree/higher secondary school 8 7.2  
 College 13 11.7 129 69.4  
 No response 37 33.3 2 1.1  
Profession
 Working professional 78 41.9 162.66, 4, 0.000*
 Student 20 18.0 88 47.3  
 Homemaker 59 53.2 15 8.1  
 Farmer 27 24.3 1 0.5  
 No response 5 4.5 4 2.2  
Prior pad choices
 Disposable non-biodegradable 61 55.0 110 59.1 38.91, 3, 0.000*
 Reusable non-biodegradable 2 1.1  
 Reusable biodegradable 25 22.5 3 1.6  
 Hybrid usage of various sanitary products 25 22.5 71 38.2  
First person in the family to to make switch
 Yes 107 95.5 166 89.2 3.17, 1, 0.075
 No 5 4.5 19 10.2  
Money spent every month on sanitary products
 More than ₹100 ($US 1.31) 47 25.3 103.58, 4, 0.000*
 ₹50–₹100 ($US 0.65–$US 1.31) 11 9.9 54 29.0  
 Less than ₹50 ($US 0.65) 67 60.4 74 39.8  
 Using cloth pad and no expense 33 29.7 1 0.5  
 No response/Don’t know   10 5.4  
  1. *Significant at \(\textit{p} < 0.05\)