Why Padman alone can’t end the taboo in India

For 26-year-old Purvi Gupta, using a menstrual cup was a life-changing experience. “When I first used the cup last year, I realised I almost forgot I was having my period. It works best at night when I can sleep without worrying about staining,” she said.

Pads vs ClothIn India, nearly 58 per cent of women between the ages of 15 and 24 used hygienic methods of menstrual protection, found National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2015-16.

Of the people who use hygienic menstrual protection, 42 per cent use commercially available sanitary napkins, according to the NFHS data.

A Clean Change: Alternatives to disposable sanitary napkins

“The cloth pads have to be washed and dried in the sun, and I don’t see many women doing that,” said Dr Singh.

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