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6 must-follow menstrual hygiene rules for every girl!

Menstruation hygiene is not only about changing pads regularly, follow these tips to stay healthy during those days.

Written by Debjani Arora | Published : January 9, 2018 6:12 PM IST


Menstruation Hygiene

We all know that menstruation is the time when you should up your hygiene quotient. But still, most of us become complacent when it comes to taking care of ourselves and the part of the body which requires some TLC during those days. General fatigue, cramps and uneasiness keep us from taking the right care and slipping from following optimal hygiene during those times. But there is so little we have to do to ensure that we maintain hygiene during those days. Here is all that you need to do:


Have Separate Panties

Have separate panties for your periods: Yes, this is important. You might not know but your panties can turn out to be a breeding ground for bacteria and other germs. Especially, if you are using pads that you have to stick to your panties, keep a few spare ones. As even after washing them some of the remnant glue particles can stay in the panties and give rise to vaginal rashes or infections later. Also, there are chances that you might stain your panties and need to change them often. The stains could be difficult to remove and you might not be able to use them for regular use.  Also Read - COVID-19 Live Updates: Active Cases Above 10,000 After 134 Days


Vaginal Wash

Use a natural vaginal wash: The vagina can self-clean, so you don’t have to use any kind of soap or vaginal wash to clean the area. However, there are chances that the dampness and sweat might make the area a breeding ground for bacteria which could lead to problems like rashes, itching, etc. It is necessary to wash the area properly. Using warm water and baking soda to clean the area often helps and restores the pH balance of the vagina even during those days.


Change Pads

Change your pads regularly: Of course on the days that you are bleeding heavily you might be changing the pads regularly like every four to six hours, but did you know you should be changing them frequently even when you are experiencing less flow? The reason being, the dampness in the area due to the soiled pad could give rise to itchiness, rashes or a fungal infection.  Also Read - COVID-19 Live Updates: 610 Cases of XBB.1.16 Variant Found In India, Reveals INSACOG Data


Sanitary Napkin Usage

Our country's medical fraternity should also focus on bringing out more research papers about the safety and health issues associated with sanitary napkin usage. In addition, menstrual cups should be promoted using safer alternatives like reusable cotton sanitary napkins.


Choose The Right Pads

Choose your pads carefully: your vagina might not be compatible with all kinds of pads. Choose the one that gives you maximum comfort and reduces chances of rashes and infections. You might have to settle for one after few trial and errors. Some women feel comfortable with the cotton pads others do fine with the reusable ones; some further prefer the homemade pads. Choose your pick.