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Types of menstrual protection used by people in France 2021

What types of menstrual protection do you use?

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Release date

February 2021



Survey time period


Number of respondents

6,518 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

Students living in France who have or have had menstrual periods**

Method of interview

Online Access Panel

Supplementary notes

The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Quel(s) type(s) de protection(s) périodique(s) utilisez-vous ?"

Several answers were possible.

* Free flow instinct consist of not using sanitary protection and controlling the flow of menstrual blood during one's period through contraction of the perineum, the objective being to retain the blood in one's body and pour it into a toilet at the appropriate time.

The source adds the following information: "Gender minorities were taken into account. Among the 6,518 respondents, there are: 1.32% non-binary people, 0.6% transgender men, and 0.32% people who do not state their gender."

The source did not specify the exact date of the survey;

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