Periods or Menstruation is one of the most dreaded times of the month for most women. Many women are often secretive of it discussing ‘periods’ with others as “I’m sick!” The first and the foremost thing to understand is period is no disease or disorder that you call it as being sick. It is a very natural phenomenon barring the associated symptoms that might make you feel unwell. It is neither a taboo nor a shame.
However, there are a few Hygiene rules to Abide by during Menstrual Cycle. Let’s take a look:
1. Decide on your method of sanitation -
It is important to choose the method of sanitation that suits you best. There is a hoard of sanitation options available in Indian market. Sanitary pads, tampons, menstrual cups, choose you pick depending on your flow and preference, though the most common sanitation method chosen by Indian women is sanitary pads. Sanitary pads are budget-friendly and hassle-free. However, in recent times, modern Indian girls and women are adopting tampons too. Still as much as 95% of the female population has no idea what a tampon is and for those who are aware of it, most of them think that tampons will make them lose their virginity. It is a myth!
But Indian females are changing, and for the good.
2. Change as and when required -
You might feel the need to change as many as 8 pads a day of your menstruation owing to heavy flow. Do change; don’t keep wearing it for hours. Menstrual blood after flowing out gets contaminated with organisms from vagina. Leaving a single pad on from a longer time will cause UTIs, vaginal infections and skin rashes.
In case you are using a tampon, it is mandatory to change it once in every two hours. If left inserted for longer hours, it can lead to a severe bacterial infection called toxic shock syndrome or TSS. This can cause serious health anomalies.
3. Clean at regular intervals -
It is important to clean every inch of your vagina when you have your periods. It often happens that small amounts of blood get trapped between labia and vagina, which if not cleaned properly can lead to bacterial growth. Wash nice and clean with lukewarm water between pad changes.
Also follow the right washing technique. Always wash in a motion that follows the direction from the vagina to the anus; otherwise it might lead to UTI.
4. Keep the pad rash away -
Pad rash is immensely uncomfortable. It generally occurs during a very heavy flow. That is one very important reason why you should keep changing your pads at regular intervals or as and when required. However, if you have pad rashes, wash properly with warm water and apply an antiseptic ointment after bath and before going to bed. The key is to keep the area as much dry as possible.
5. Take a bath regularly -
Isn’t it already known? Yes, it is, and bathing is the most indispensable advice to maintain your hygiene. But in some regions and cultures, it is still believed that a woman should not have a bath during her periods.
Bathing not only cleanses your private parts, but a warm shower also gives you immense relief from menstrual cramps, pelvic aches, eases abdominal bloating and improves your mood.
With these hygiene tips in mind, period will seem like a breeze to you. But if you feel any infections growing or extreme discomfort due to certain symptoms, visit a doctor.