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Table 5 Adolescent school girls’ hygienic practices during menstruation, Northeast Ethiopia, 2013

From: Menstrual hygiene management and school absenteeism among female adolescent students in Northeast Ethiopia

Hygienic practices   Number Percent
Material used during last menstrual period (n = 455) Disposable sanitary pad 161 35.38
  Homemade cloth 253 55.60
  Underwear 41 9.01
Genital cleaning material (n = 319) Soap and water 135 42.32
  Water only 123 38.56
  Plain paper 55 17.24
  Others* 6 1.88
Bath frequency (n = 395) Daily 54 13.67
  First day 21 5.32
  Second day 41 10.38
  Third day 59 14.94
  When finished period 217 54.94
  As per convenience 3 0.76
Bath using (n = 395) With soap and water 348 88.10
  With water only 47 11.90
Disposal of menstrual material used (n = 455) Open field 152 33.41
  Latrine 353 77.58
  Waste bins 16 3.52
Absorbent material change per day (n = 455) Once 95 20.88
  Twice 265 58.24
  More than two times 95 20.88
Drying of washed reusable cloth (n = 270) In the shade outside 27 9.96
  In the shade inside 90 33.33
  In the sunlight inside 29 10.74
  In the sunlight outside 27 9.96
  Hidden under other clothes 51 18.89
  Hidden elsewhere 46 17.04
Washing of the reusable cloth (n = 270) With soap and water 100 37.04
  With water only 165 61.11
  Others** 5 1.85
Place of store between use (n = 270) In plastic bag separately 142 52.59
  With other clothes 98 36.30
  In the bath room 30 11.11
  1. *(toilet tissue paper, piece of cloth), **(ash, indod).
  2. NB: Multiple responses were possible and the percent might be greater than 100% and the frequencies and percentages were calculated among those who had seen menstruation (455).