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Table 4 Responses of the participants on the acceptability 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 (%)
Preference of sanitary products Both disposable pads and BFP 38 (34.2) 97 (52.2)
BFP 80% of the time 38 (20.4)
Menstrual cup and BFP 5 (2.7)
Only BFP 69 (62.2) 42 (22.6)
BFP and another brand of reusable pads 2 (1.1)
No response 4 (3.6) 2 (1.1)
Recommending BFP to others Very likely 2\(^{\mathrm{a}}\) (14.3) 104\(^{\mathrm{b}}\) (78.2)
Likely 9\(^{\mathrm{a}}\) (64.3) 20\(^{\mathrm{b}}\) (15.0)
Unlikely 3\(^{\mathrm{a}}\) (21.4) 2\(^{\mathrm{b}}\) (1.5)
Very unlikely 7\(^b\) (5.3)
Comfort and ease of use and reuse Strongly agree 104 (93.7) 103 (55.4)
Agree 3 (2.7) 53 (28.5)
Neutral 20 (10.8)
Disagree 4 (3.6) 9 (4.8)
Strongly disagree 1 (0.5)
Ease of washing and cleaning Strongly agree 106 (95.5) 95 (51.1)
Agree 3 (2.7) 61 (32.8)
Neutral 16 (8.6)
Disagree 4 (2.2)
Strongly disagree 2 (1.8) 10 (5.4)
Are others in the family now wantingto make switch to BFP? Yes 67 (60.4) 85 (45.7)
No 29 (26.1) 62 (33.3)
Don’t know 15 (13.5) 39 (21.0)
Like to continue to use the BFP? Very likely 98 (88.3) 74\(^c\) (74.0)
Likely 13 (11.7) 19\(^{\mathrm{c}}\) (19.0)
Unlikely 2\(^{\mathrm{c}}\) (2.0)
Very Unlikely 5\(^c\) (5.0)
Reason for preferring BFP? Easy to handle 78 (70.3) 62 (33.3)
Absorbs better 74 (66.7) 63 (33.9)
Feels clean 10 (9.0) 48 (25.8)
Economical 82 (73.9) 120 (64.5)
Eco-friendliness 97 (87.4) 165 (76.6)
I feel traditional 4 (3.6) 25 (13.4)
I feel modern 8 (7.2) 14 (7.5)
Reason for recommending BFP? Concern for the environment 87 (78.0) 120 (64.5)
Concern for the health 71 (63.6) 34 (18.4)
Money spent every month 58 (52.3) 31 (16.4)
No response 9 (8.3) 1 (0.7)
  1. Missing data a97; b53; c86