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Caption:Saba, 18, cutting a cloth to use during her period. Saba, 18, 'I use cotton cloth to manage my periods. I get the cloth from home, from the clothes that we used to wear earlier and are now old and rough.' Islamabad, Pakistan, August 2018.
Credit:WaterAid/ Sibtain Haider
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Key Information:Location: Judicial Town, District Islamabad, Pakistan
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"My mom told me to use cloth during my periods. I cannot afford to use sanitary pads."

Interviewee details:

Saba,18

Interview:

“I use cotton cloth to manage my periods. I get the cloth from home, from the clothes that we used to wear earlier and are now old and rough.”

“In school, I used to face difficulty during my periods because of use of cloth, I don’t feel comfortable with it. Use of cloth hampers my work as I cannot work properly, for example while sweeping or walking.”

“My mom told me to use cloth during my periods. I cannot afford to use sanitary pads. Sometimes I do use sanitary pads when I have to go somewhere but not very often.”

“I find the use of cloth difficult and it makes me uncomfortable. I can’t use it properly and I feel irritated. I keep worrying because I do not want others to know when I am menstruating.”

“I would like to use sanitary pads more often.”

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