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Social pressure and stigma can hinder the adoption of available technologies, especially in the context of sensitive health issues. We run a Feld experiment on the take-up of menstrual products in Bangladesh and test a discussion-based intervention. We vary participation in group discussions designed to break the silence around menstruation, where participants share their personal experiences. We find positive effects on the willingness to pay for a known menstrual product (sanitary pads) and on the adoption of a new technology (anti-bacterial menstrual underwear). Our results show changes in restrictive social norms around purchasing the products and lower perceived stigma around menstruation in general.

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