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Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Menstrual Hygiene and Privacy

The Demographic and Health Survey Phase 8 (DHS-8): Menstrual Hygiene and Privacy includes 2 items from the Women's Questionnaire to assess how to respondent manages menstruation. Aspects captured here include the type of material used during menstruation (e.g., tampons, pads, nothing, etc.) and whether the woman had privacy when washing and changing menstruation materials during menstruation. Navigational aspects (i.e. skip-out patterns and next question sequences) have not been included on this page but can be viewed on the original women’s questionnaire located here.

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Geographies Tested: Afghanistan,Angola,Burkina Faso,Cambodia,Cameroon,Cote d'Ivoire,Ethiopia,Ghana,Guatemala,Guinea,Kenya,Madagascar,Mozambique,Myanmar (Burma),Nepal,Rwanda,Senegal,The Gambia,Zimbabwe

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

1.During your last menstrual period, what did you use to collect or absorb your menstrual blood? Anything else?

Response Options:
Reusable sanitary pads
Disposable sanitary pads
Tampons
Menstrual cup
Cloth
Toilet paper
Cotton wool
Underwear only
Other (specify)
Nothing

2.During your last menstrual period, were you able to wash and change in privacy while at home?

Response Options:
Yes
No
Away from home during last menstrual period

Scoring Procedures

Not Applicable

Original Citation

Demographic and Health Surveys (2019). Demographic and Health Surveys: Women's Questionnaire. https://dhsprogram.com/publications/publication-DHSQ8-DHS-Questionnaires-and-Manuals.cfm

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