Women are quite secretive about their periods and no one really cares or prefers to talk about best hygiene practices during these days. This is one of the main reasons why women suffer from infections and other complications, especially when they are a bit casual about these days. Menstruation hygiene should never be ignored since it can lead to many serious health hazards. Women should ensure complete cleanliness and best hygiene during this time; its nothing to feel guilty or ashamed about, because its just a normal cycle of her body. Here are a few hygiene tips which every lady should follow.
Maintaining Hygiene During Menstruation:
Regular Changing Is Necessary
Once menstrual blood is out of the body, it tends to get contaminated with innate organisms of the body. This can happen even when she is not bleeding since the sanitary product ( if unchanged) is damp. It tends to have micro-organisms from the vagina along with sweat, which causes rashes and itching. If these micro-organisms stay long in the moist and warm place, they tend to multiply at an extremely fast rate. This causes vaginal infections, skin rashes and even urinary tract infection. Women should ideally change in every five hours, if sanitary pad is used. If tampons are used, they should be changed every 2 hours. Women need to customize their sanitary product usage as per their needs. For women who experience heavy flow, they will need to change more frequently while others can change in 5 hours time. Regular changing is absolutely necessary.
During your periods you should always keep your private parts clean. You need to clean the area in a motion; ensure that you are cleaning from the vagina to the anus area and never do it opposite. If you are washing in the opposite direction, you will be inviting bacteria from the anus to move into the urethal opening and vagina. This will cause infections, skin rashes and many other problems.
Sanitation Method – Choose Wisely
You can use a number of things to maintain hygiene and stay clean during your periods. There are several sanitary products available which include menstrual cups, tampons and sanitary napkins. You need to choose a product as per your needs and comfort. You should know that tampons have the lowest rate of absorption. Thus, if you generally have heavy flow, they are not the right products to select.Many women prefer to select different types of products on different days of their periods. However, one should remember that it is always good to stick to a single brand since shifting of brands can make you uncomfortable. All brands might not suit you and you need to be aware about this!
Pad Rashes – Beware
Pad rashes are commonly experienced by women when the flow in heavy. It generally happens if the pad is not changed on time and it has remained moist for a long time. In such a situation, it tends to rub against the thigh which brings in redness, itching and slight inflammation. You have to stay away from pad rashes and for this, you have to keep yourself dry and clean always. Keep changing your pads whenever you find them too soiled. You can also use an antiseptic ointment for relief if you feel the onset of rashes.
Just follow the above tips and you will be clean and hygienic during periods, without any additional stress of contacting diseases.