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Washed and reused sanitary materials

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MHMREUSE indicates whether or not the woman washed and reused sanitary materials to absorb her menstrual blood for her last period, if she reported using a material other than only tampons or toilet paper.

The question associated with this variable was included in the female questionnaire.


There are no comparability issues.


  • Women aged 15-49 who have had a menstrual period in the past month and used a material other than tampons, paper, toilet paper, or natural materials for their last period.


  • Burkina Faso: 2016-2018
  • Congo (Democratic Republic): 2017
  • Cote d'Ivoire: 2018
  • Ethiopia: 2017
  • Ghana: 2016
  • India: 2017
  • Indonesia: 2016
  • Kenya: 2016
  • Niger: 2016, 2018
  • Nigeria: 2015, 2017-2018
  • Uganda: 2017