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.
Short Measure Multi-Country
1.During your last menstrual period, what did you use to collect or absorb your menstrual blood? Anything else?
Reusable sanitary pads
Disposable sanitary pads
2.During your last menstrual period, were you able to wash and change in privacy while at home?
Away from home during last menstrual period
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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