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Table 7 Self-reported school absence due to menstruation at baseline and endline from four urban and rural schools of Bangladesh, 2018

From: Evaluation of a menstrual hygiene intervention in urban and rural schools in Bangladesh: a pilot study

Indicators Baseline
n (%)
Endline
n (%)
Prevalence difference (CI)
Girls who missed school days during last menstrual period due to menstruation (Reported) N = 404
111 (28)
N = 382
76 (20)
−8 (−13, − 2)
Number of school days missed during last menstrual period because of menstruation (mean, SD) N = 404
0.023 (0)
N = 382
0.017 (0)
−0.15 (− 0.31, 0.02)
Menstruation-related reason for missing school during last menstrual period:
 Menstrual symptoms (cramps, pain) 74 (67) 52 (68) 2 (−6, 9)
 Do not feel comfortable 32 (29) 14 (18) −11 (−21, 0)
 Excessive bleeding 27 (24) 18 (24) −1 (− 14, 13)
 Afraid of visible menstrual leaks 16 (14) 9 (12) −3 (−13, 8)
 Unavailability of suitable transport during menstruation 6 (6) 1 (1) −5 (−11, 1)
 No available menstrual materials 2 (2) 0 −2 (−5, 1)
 School has no menstrual hygiene facilities (no place to change, no water, no soap) 2 (2) 3 (4) 2 (−2, 6)
Number of regular classes (except exam) missed due to menstruation during the last menstrual period (Mean, SD) N = 22
3.7 (2.0)
N = 12
2.8 (1.9)
−0.9 (−2.4, 0.5)
Fellow friends missed school in the last 3 months due to menstruation N = 382
259 (68)
N = 390
150 (39)
−28 (−34, − 21)