The menstrual period is a biological process which every female capable of reproduction go through every month. From older times menstruation is a less openly discussed topic, hence, many females lack proper education about the hygienic practices which need to be followed during the menstrual period. Staying hygienic during periods is very important for them to protect themselves from rashes, vaginal itching, discomfort and reproductive tract infections. The first thing which should be incorporated into every girl’s mind is that menstrual period is healthy and nothing to be ashamed of. Education on hygienic practices from the beginning will help everyone to lead a healthy life.
Here are 10 hygiene rules that every girl should follow during menstrual period. It not only helps you to stay healthy but also keeps confident.
When you menstruate, the blood tends to enter into urethral opening and surrounding genital areas. You should wash away this excess blood to be free from infections and bad odor. If you cannot wash it, at least wipe off the excess blood using toilet paper before you change into the new pad.
CHANGE THE SANITARY NAPKIN REGULARLY
After every 4-6 hours, one should change the sanitary napkin. If you use the same pad for a long time the menstrual blood released from the body attracts various microorganisms and they multiply in the warmth of the blood leading to rashes and urinary tract infections. Plan the time schedule according to the flow of menstrual blood.
DON’T USE VAGINAL HYGIENIC PRODUCTS OR SOAPS
Vaginas have their own cleaning mechanism during the menstrual period. Using soaps to clean vagina can kill good bacteria. This hinders the natural cleaning process and leads to infections. Hence it is better to clean vagina with warm water.
DISPOSE OF THE SANITARY NAPKINS REGULARLY
It is very much essential to dispose of your used napkins properly because they may spread infections and foul smell. Before discarding it wrap the napkin properly. Also, make sure you don’t flush them down the toilet as it may block the water flow. After discarding wash your hands properly with soap.
USE ONLY ONE METHOD OF SANITATION AT A TIME
Some women who have heavy flow during their periods tend to use either two sanitary pads or sanitary pad with an extra piece of cloth. This may be a good idea to keep you dry and prevent stained clothes. But changing your sanitary napkin regularly is a better option because the two pads absorb the blood and the accumulated blood invites bacteria leading to infections. Hence it is better to use only one pad and change it as frequently as you can depending on your blood flow.
TAKE BATH REGULARLY
It is advisable to take bath twice a day during the menstrual period. Bathing not only cleans your body but also gives you a chance to clean your private parts as well. It also helps to relieve the body from aches and menstrual cramps.
RIGHT WIPING TECHNIQUE
During menstrual period wipe your private area in a direction from the vagina to the anal region. Washing it from the anal region to the vagina can cause bacteria to survive in the vagina and other genital parts causing the reproductive tract infections.
TAKE CARE OF PAD RASHES
If the sanitary napkin has been wet with menstrual blood for a long time it can lead to rashes. Hence try to stay dry during the menstrual period by changing napkins regularly. If you have any rashes then apply an antiseptic ointment after a bath and before going to bed.
BE READY WITH EXTRA STUFF DURING PERIODS
During the menstrual period, it is very important to carry extra sanitary napkins, tissue papers, a set of cloth, panties, hand sanitiser with you, especially, when you are on a long journey.
CHOOSE RIGHT CLOTHING
It is better to avoid tight clothing during the menstrual period. They can cause increased heat and sweat which tend to increase bacteria. Stick to loose cotton panties and loose fitting clothes to stay fresh and dry.
Some more hygienic tips which you can follow
- Avoid sex during the menstrual period because there is an increased risk of infections.
- It is not necessary to wash your vagina from the inside as it has its own cleaning mechanism. So, wash only the outside region of the vagina.
- You should always wash your hands before and after changing sanitary napkins to avoid infections.