According to some estimates, only 12% women in India use sanitary napkins today, mainly because of lack of affordability, accessibility, awareness and disposability. The Ministry of Health and Family welfare is promoting menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls in a big way, to improve the health of Indian girls and women. Currently, the sanitary napkin market is dominated by large multinational companies. In the last few years, some local companies as well as several NGOs have started manufacture and sale/distribution of sanitary napkins in the country. Therefore, the market is flooded with various types of sanitary napkins.
In a sanitary napkin, absorbent layer is the main component which is made from a natural cellulosic material (pulp). Most of the premium quality sanitary napkins also contain synthetic super absorbent polymer (SAP) along with pulp in the absorbent core. However, very less studies are carried out on testing the absorbency of sanitary napkins. Therefore, in current study the absorbency of core layer is tested for different types of sanitary napkins.