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According to a survey, women’s top menstrual hygiene concerns during their periods are disturbed sleep, menstrual cramps, and dirty public toilets.

Out of the total number of women surveyed, more than half or 53.2%, said they do not have a sound sleep during the first two days of their periods.

The survey revealed that 67.5% of women are still worried about the risk of spotting during periods when they are asleep at night.

Furthermore, 57.3% of women experienced moderate to severe menstrual cramps, while 37.2% had mild or occasional menstrual pain.

A whopping 62.2% of women admitted that they have either never or only rarely changed a sanitary pad at a public place such as a toilet at an office, mall or cinema hall.

However, 74.6% of women get uncomfortable if they need to change their sanitary pads at a public toilet. As much as 88.3% women believe that dirty toilets can be a source of persistent urinary tract infection, according to the survey.

The menstrual hygiene survey received participation from nearly 6,000 menstruating women aged between 18 to 35 years from more than 35 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Patna, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Bhopal, Indore, Guwahati, Jaipur, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Kolkata.

The survey also underlined some facts about the average onset age and duration of periods.

While most of the women respondents (79.3%) said they were 12 years or more when they got their first period, 63.1% said they knew girls who had just started their periods, of which as many as 37.5% were aged 11 years or less.

The survey findings have also questioned the phrase ‘those five days’ with less than one-third of women (30.3%) having periods for five days in a month. As many as 22.8% of women had periods lasting three days or less, while 1.8% of women had periods lasting more than eight days each month.

A feminine hygiene brand conducted the survey.


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