Duet for Menstrual Protection: A Feasibility Study in Zimbabwe

Contraception. 2009 Jun;79(6):463-8. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2008.12.002.


Background: Managing menses is a challenge for women in developing countries. Duet is a cervical barrier being developed for contraception and STI prevention. We explored the hypothetical acceptability of using Duet as a menstrual cup, among Zimbabwean women.

Study design: A survey and focus group discussions (FGD) were conducted with 43 women aged 18-45 years to gain information about their menstrual practices and attitudes regarding the use of Duet for menstrual protection.

Results: All 43 women reported that if Duet were available, they would "definitely" try it, and that it was "very important" that Duet is low cost and easy to clean; 86% reported that using it would make a difference in their lives. FGD findings highlighted unhygienic practices due to the lack of affordable options for menstrual management and a genuine interest in Duet, including its potential use for multiple purposes (contraception, disease prevention and menstrual protection).

Conclusions: Accessing affordable and hygienic menstrual protection was a problem for these Zimbabwean women. Duet appeared acceptable and it would be feasible to conduct a user-acceptability study of Duet as a menstrual cup in Zimbabwe.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Developing Countries
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Menstrual Hygiene Products / standards*
  • Menstruation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Young Adult
  • Zimbabwe