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8 Hygiene During Menstruation

Hygiene during menstruation

Menstruation or period is a normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus, or womb, sheds its lining. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus. It passes out of the body through the vagina.

Vaginas have their own cleaning mechanism which comes into play during menstrual cycles, and these artificial hygiene products can hamper the natural process leading to infections and growth of bacteria:

Below are the tips to keep clean and hygienic during menstruation:

1. Method of sanitation

Find out about the different styles, sizes, designs and thickness of sanitary pads/towels that are available. It’s important to choose a combination of pads suitable for day, night, heavy flow and light.
Consider the absorbency, comfort and best support system for preventing blood leakage and pad slippage.
Purchase one with a cotton net surface with a super absorption middle layer to prevent wet skin surface and skin rashes. Also but the not very thick and bulky to stay more comfortable.

2. Changing of pads

Changing a pad usually depends on the rate of the menstrual flow. One needs to change the pad more frequently when the flow is heavy. Menstrual blood, once it has left the body, gets contaminated with the body’s innate organisms and expose the vagina to infection.

Change the pads every 3-4 hours mainly the first 2 days of the period as this can save you from the embarrassment of menstrual blood odor. When blood stays for a long time in contact with air, it produces an unpleasant odor also chooses odor control napkins with fragrance to prevent period smell.

3. Wash yourself regularly

When you menstruate, the blood tends to enter tiny spaces like the skin between your labia or crust around the opening of the vagina and you should always wash this excess blood away. This practice also tends to beat bad odor from the vaginal region. So, it is important to wash your vagina and labia (the projecting part of female genitals) well before you change into a new pad. If you cannot wash with water you can make use of toilet paper/wipes. Wash from the front to the back(I.e from the vagina to the anus) to avoid spreading infection from the anus into the vagina.

4 Don’t use soaps or vaginal hygiene products

Usage of soap to clean the vagina can cause  imbalance of good and bad bacteria ratio. Washing it with soap can kill the good bacteria making way for infection, all you need to use is some warm/clean water.

5. Discard used pad and wash your hands probably after doing this, because your hand must have touched a portion of the blood on the pad.

6. Take your bath at least 2 times a day to start fresh and healthy. It’s also essential to eat a lot of fruit, vegetables and drink a lot of water during your menstrual period at least 8-10 glasses…

7. It’s important to know that sex during menstruation is unhygienic..

8.  Be prepared

Always go out with one or two. Sanitary pads even on days you have your light flow and on days when you have a heavy flow, you will need an extra pad to change.

Hygiene during menstruation

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