Menstrual Hygiene Day, on 28th May, is the day to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene and to develop an open-minded perspective towards menstruation. Unhygienic menstrual days can lead to severe diseases like UTI, vaginal infections, skin rashes, etc. It is, therefore, crucial to take care of yourself and your hygiene during menstrual days.
The following are 7 tips to maintain menstrual hygiene to have stress-free, hygienic menstrual days:
- Change the Pad Regularly
Wearing the same sanitary pad for the entire day may become the breeding ground for germs and infections. Therefore, it is advised not to wear a sanitary pad or napkin for over 8 hours. Change your sanitary pads every 6 hours—alter the timing as per your bleeding flow. If you use tampons, change them every two hours, particularly during the heavy flow days.
- Keep your Genitalia Clean
Keep your vaginal area clean by washing it at least twice a day. This will eliminate harmful bacteria and germs that might get stuck in the skin when you remove the pad. Avoid using scented products. Use panty liners to absorb the vaginal discharge during non-period days and a sanitary napkin during period days. Washing with water and non-scented soap is enough.
- Discard Used Pads and Tampons Safely
One of the most overlooked and essential tips for menstrual hygiene is discarding your used products properly and safely. Used sanitary napkins carry gems, which can contaminate the environment if not disposed of safely. Never toss them into the trash directly or flush them into the toilets. Wrap it in a plastic bag before disposing of. In case you use a menstrual hygiene device such as a menstrual cup, ensure you wash it and sanitise it with antiseptic liquid before next use. Never forget to wash your hands after changing pads.
- Avoid Vaginal Rash
On days when you experience heavy blood flow and have been wearing your sanitary pads for a long duration, you may be prone to a vaginal rash. Keep your genitalia clean and dry. If you experience a rash, ask your gynaecologist for medicated powder or any other treatment.
- Wear Clean and Comfy Undergarments
Besides regularly changing your sanitary pads and tampons, wearing clean underwear is also important. Unclean and tight undergarments can produce bad odour and cause bacterial infection. Wear clean and comfortable undergarments that are made from soft, breathable fabric.
- Always Stock up on Your Supplies
It’s easy to get busy and forget about your dates. Make sure you stock up on supplies such as tampons, sanitary napkins, vaginal washes etc, to ensure you’re always prepared. If you’re travelling, make sure you have at least a few pads in your bag even if your date is far away. Running around for buying a pad while experiencing blood flow can be a nightmare.
- Practice Safe Sex
Indulging in unprotected sex can lead to health complications when you are menstruating. The chances of STIs remain the same if you have unprotected sex during periods.
Consider using Unwanted 21, regular oral contraceptive tablets if you wish to have sex with your partner. This will help you avoid and take control of your pregnancy.
Menstruation is a celebration of womanhood. Follow these menstrual hygiene tips for happy, healthy, and peaceful menses.
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