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Table 3 Responses of the participants on the feasibility of the BFP

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

Item Responses Rural (N = 111)
Frequency (%)
Urban (N = 186)
Frequency (%)
Preferred place of usage Any time 84 (75.7) 91 (48.9)
At work/college/school 12 (6.5)
At home only 20 (18.0) 80 (43.0)
At night only 5 (4.5) 24 (12.9)
Experience withleakage Same as disposable pads 7 (6.3) 34 (18.3)
Less leakage than disposable pads 54 (48.6) 65 (34.9)
More leakage than disposable pads 22 (11.8)
No leakage at all 50 (45.0) 65 (34.9)
Duration of single pad usage Less than 3 h 9 (8.1) 8 (4.3)
3–4 h 30 (27.0) 56 (30.1)
5–6 h 68 (61.3) 84 (45.2)
More than 6 h 4 (3.6) 37 (19.9)
No response 1 (0.5)
Duration of wash Less than 1 min 1 (0.9) 3\(^a\) (3.0)
1–2 min 4 (3.6) 28\(^a\) (28.0)
More than 2 min 105 (94.6) 69\(^a\) (69.0)
Method of washing Brush wash 11 (9.9) 7 (3.8)
Soak first in water and then wash by hands 95 (85.6) 174 (93.5)
Machine wash 4 (2.2)
Stone wash and later soak in disinfectant water for sometime 1 (0.5)
No response 5 (4.5)
Duration taken to dry pads 1–3 h 27 (24.3) 64 (34.4)
4–6 h 61 (55.0) 62 (33.3)
More than 6 h 7 (6.3) 26 (14.0)
One day 14 (12.6) 28 (15.1)
Don’t know 2 (1.8) 6 (3.2)
Method of drying pads In my room/bathroom 12 (10.8) 44 (23.7)
In the open with other clothes, but I cover it with a towel 10 (9.0) 13 (7.0)
In the open far from rest of the cloths 88 (79.3) 126 (67.7)
In the drying machine 1 (0.5)
No response 1 (0.9) 2 (1.1)
  1. aMissing data 86