21 May Survey on Menstrual Hygiene Practices and Awareness Levels in Vishakapatanam, Andhra Pradesh
Survey in ten villages covering one hundred families in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh over a period of three months in 2014. While higher education and urbanization has managed to influence the communities, a majority of women are still unaware of the importance of hygienic menstrual practices.
59% of the target population was found to be cloth users. 86% cloth users said they are either habituated to cloth or unaware of the implications of unhygienic menstrual practices. 95% of sanitary napkin users expressed cost concerns – they find sanitary napkins expensive.