Period Hygiene 101

Individuals are more prone to bacterial infection during periods due to the change in Vagina’s PH level. Hence, it becomes necessary to take measures that will keep you free from infections, fresh, and odorless.

Change your sanitary pads every 4 hours.



We have all heard that changing your sanitary napkin every few hours is imperative, but why is that? When you bleed, it attracts a lot of organisms from your body, and they tend to multiply in the blood’s moisture. This makes you more prone to UTI infections, rashes, and itching, which can make you uncomfortable. Individuals with heavier flow should change their sanitary pads even more as it hampers the accidental leakage. 

 Wash yourself regularly



It is essential to know the right way of cleaning your vulnerable area. The said organisms stick to the area even when you change the napkin. Most individuals clean themselves but in an improper manner. One should wash their vagina with hands from the urethra to anus, and not the other way round. You can attract bacteria from anus to the vaginal opening if you start washing from backward. 

Avoid using soaps and vaginal cleaning products.



It is a good idea to wash yourself with vaginal cleaning products regularly. But one should avoid it while they are menstruating. The vagina is a self-cleaning organ, and it works its way out during periods, hence using a dedicated intimate hygiene product can disrupt the flow and can induce more infections and irritation. Along with, avoid the usage of either jet spray or hand shower inside the vaginal opening as it will harm it more than cleaning it. 

Bathing



Talking about washing yourself, take a bath each day while you’re on your periods. Unlike the old stereotype, one shouldn’t avoid shower time. You will feel refreshed, and it will elevate your groggy mood. You can make the bathtime even more relaxing by preparing lukewarm water and some essential oils that will calm your nerves and relax your muscles.

Use intimate wipes


Clean changing rooms are not always available; hence, it is a viable option to keep intimate wipes near you. There are a variety of intimate wipes available in the market. Wipes are the portable substitute for an intimate wash. Like mentioned before, it is a great idea to use just water during the water, but wipes can come handy in cleaning the outside area that might give you a sickening feeling if not wiped regularly. 


Clean your reusable pads properly 



Reusable menstrual products are not only economical but environmentally friendly as well. Cleaning reusable napkins are not as big of a deal as it seems like. Pads with light spots can be washed with the rest of the laundry. For heavy bleeding, you can soak it in cold water with some pre-rinse solution. If you want to conceal your pads from your housemates, you can put them in mesh bags and then wash them with your other clothes. 

Use one sanitation



It is quite common for people with heavy flow stick to use two sanitation methods. They insert tampons and follow it up with sanitary pads. The two ways sanitation might hamper the leakage because of the extra-absorbent power, but it isn’t a healthy option. With the increased absorbency, you’re unlikely to change the pads in regular intervals, with can lead to the collection of organisms and increased vulnerability to infections. You might also experience Toxic Shock Syndrome; hence, one must stick to one sanitation method and change pads/tampons frequently. 

Change your underwear frequently



While changing your pads and tampons are given, one should change their underwear every day. Quite often, people wear the same underwear each day, and that is an unhealthy practice. This activity can lead to vaginal infection. Hence one should follow the rule of three – Wash yourself each day, wear clean underwear, put on a clean pad every four hours. 


Hygiene during periods is quite imperative, and something not to be compromised. One must also be aware of the type of pads/tampons they are using during their cycle. Synthetic and chemically induced sanitary can not only lead to infections, rashes, and itching but also can cause cervical cancer. Hence, choose natural hygienic pads that are made with organic material. 


Also Read – Why Should You Switch To Organic Sanitary Pads?

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