Unmet Menstrual Hygiene Needs Among Low-Income Women.

@article{SebertKuhlmann2019UnmetMH,
  title={Unmet Menstrual Hygiene Needs Among Low-Income Women.},
  author={Anne K Sebert Kuhlmann and Eleanor Peters Bergquist and Djenie Danjoint and L. Lewis Wall},
  journal={Obstetrics \& Gynecology},
  year={2019}
}
OBJECTIVE To assess the menstrual hygiene needs of low-income women in St. Louis, Missouri. METHODS Using an exploratory, cross-sectional design, women 18 years of age and older were recruited from a purposive sample of 10 not-for-profit community organizations that serve low-income women in St. Louis. From July 2017 to March 2018, 183 interviewer-administered surveys and three focus group discussions were conducted. Surveys and focus groups identified where and how women access menstrual… 
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