Effective menstrual hygiene practices is an essential angle when it comes to menstrual hygiene, it vital to the health, well-being, dignity, empowerment, mobility and productivity of women and girls. Here are selected tips to help you on staying hygienic during your periods.
7Choose your method of sanitation
Sanitary napkins, tampons and menstrual cups are different methods employ to stay clean. Chose the one that has the lowest absorbency rate for your flow. While there are some women who choose to use either different types of sanitary napkins on different days of their periods or different methods of protection (like a tampon and a sanitary napkin), For brand choice, the best tip here is to try and use one brand for one type of protection for a while to know if it helps your needs. Frequent switching between brands can make you uncomfortable since brands are as unique as you, they suit everyone differently.
Your body gets contaminated with the body’s innate organisms during menstrual flow. This rule applies for even those days when you don’t have much bleeding, since your pad is still damp and will have organisms from your vagina, sweat from your genitals, etc. When these organisms remain in a warm and moist place for a long time they tend to multiply and can lead to conditions like urinary tract infection, vaginal infections and skin rashes.
The standard time to change a sanitary pad is once every six hours, while for a tampon is once every two hours. That being said, you have to customize the changing schedule to your needs. While some women might have a heavy flow and would need to change more often, others will need to change less frequently. There are a few instances where your sanitary napkin or tampon might not be completely used – usually on days when you have a lesser flow – but you must change at regular intervals.
5Wash your Vagina
During menstruation, blood enters tiny areas like the skin between your labia or crust around the opening of the vagina. The practice of washing your vagina helps to get rid of bad odour 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.
4Don’t use soaps or vaginal hygiene products
The vagina has its own cleaning mechanism that works in a very fine balance of good and bad bacteria. Washing it with soap can kill the good bacteria making way for infections. So, while it is important to wash your vagina regularly during this time, all you need to use is some warm water.
3Use the right washing technique:
Always wash the area in a motion that is from the vagina to the anus. Never wash in the opposite direction. Washing in the opposite direction can cause bacteria from the anus to lodge in the vagina and urethral opening, leading to infections.
2Discard your used sanitary product properly
It is essential to discard your used napkins or tampons properly because they are capable of causing infections, wrapping it well before discarding it ensures that the smell and infection is curtailed. It is advisable not to flush the pad or tampon down the toilet since they are capable of forming a block. More importantly it is imperative that you wash your hands well after you discard your used pad or tampon since you are likely to touch the used portion of the pad or tampon while discarding it
1Have a bath regularly:
Having a bath is the best thing you can do for your body during your periods. Bathing not only cleanses your body but also gives you a chance to clean your private parts well. It also helps relieve menstrual cramps, backaches, helps improve your mood and makes you feel less bloated. To get some relief from backaches and menstrual cramps, just stand under a shower of warm water that is targeted towards your back or abdomen.
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