In 2020, a survey was conducted by Shazes of nearly 800 Indian women who participated from various cities of India that included Delhi, Jabalpur, Nagpur & Hyderabad.
Survey communication with community members was done – 11% over the phone, 24% over WhatsApp, 31% through community volunteers & 34% through health workers.
- 30% responded no facilities for girls to change & dispose sanitary pads off.
- 60% did not have any prior knowledge about menstrual periods.
- 38% women had first misinterpreted it as an injury or disease.
- 80% respondents claimed that Indian schools do not have adequate system to educate or mentally prepare teen & adolescent girls regarding the onset of menstrual periods.
- 95% asserted that the school system should have some awareness programs to prepare girls on the subject.
- 60% women felt that India do not have adequate cleanliness of public toilets.
- 50% women said they have had some gynecological infection or problem such as UTI, rashes, foul smell or itching during or after menstrual cycle in the past six months.
- 20% of women had such issues more than 3 times during the year.
- 64% faced irregularities in their period dates. Out of which half had to deal with it more than 3 times in a year.