How to maintain personal hygiene during periods?

Every woman has to go through those five days named as “periods”, “menstruation”, “menstruation cycle” or chumps. Many awareness programs are running for better period hygiene. Even government wants to aware both man and woman about menstruation cycle. Still, most of the women are shy to talk about menses or complaints related to that. Many do not even know about how to take care of themselves during those five sensitive days. Your careless can cause problems as simple as itching to as severe as toxic shock syndrome.

You need to give extra care to your private area while on chumps as women are slightly more vulnerable to bacterial infection during menstruation, due to the change in the vagina’s pH balance.

Choose your sanitation method wisely. As there are numbers of ways including the use of sanitary napkins, tampons and menstrual cups to stay clean. As sanitary pads are the safest one, people tend to use tampons to avoid any leakage and hassle. If you do decide to use a tampon remember that it is essential to choose one that has the lowest absorbency rate for your flow. Change tampons every 4-5  hour to avoid toxic shock syndrome.

Change your sanitary protection frequently to avoid menstrual odour and infections. Whether you use sanitary pads or tampons during your period, change it at least three times a day, or more frequently when your menstrual flow is at its heaviest.

Wash your genital area with lukewarm water. Never use perfumed shower gels, bubble baths, douches or soaps as they can change the pH level and make your vagina dry. While cleaning your privates make sure to clean from front to back. Remember that you first need to wash your labia, and only after that proceed to the perineum and anus. This will reduce the transmission of microorganisms and traces of fecal matter entering the vaginal area.

Make sure you wear fresh underwear every day. Do not wear tight and synthetic fabric during your periods. Stick to cotton underwear and loose fitting clothes to stay fresh and dry.

Always wash your hands after cleaning or changing your sanitary pads. Some sanitary products come in contact with the anal area. They can get contaminated by intestinal bacteria. To prevent transmitting the bacteria found on the hygiene product to the body via your hands, you should wash your hands after changing your menstrual product.

Last but not least, dispose off your tampons and sanitary napkins properly. Wrap them properly before you throw them away, so the bacteria and infections do not spread.  Make sure you don’t flush them, since that  will block the toilet causing the water to back up, spreading the bacteria all over it.

A pad rash is most of the women complaints and they want to shift to tampons. It usually occurs when the pad has been wet for a long time and rubs along the thighs causing it to chaff. To prevent this from occurring, try to stay dry during your periods. If you do have a rash, change your pads regularly and stay dry. Apply an antiseptic ointment or absorbent powder, after a bath and before bed – this will heal the rash and prevent further chaffing.

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