Menstrual hygiene management: Why is it important?
Intimate hygiene that you practice during the days of your period is known as menstrual hygiene. Maintaining proper hygiene during period is key to experiencing better periods. Compromising on hygiene could lead to all kinds of horrendous things. So, here are a few period hygiene tips for you:
Change the sanitary pad regularly
Changing sanitary pads every 3-4 hours is one of the best menstrual hygiene practices you can follow. Even during the last few days of your period when the flow is really less, change pads at regular intervals of time.
If you use other menstrual hygiene products such as tampons and menstrual cups, don’t leave them inside your vagina for too long. It could lead to toxic shock syndrome or TSS. It is caused by one of these bacteria: staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria. These bacteria start releasing toxins on entering the body which could lead to organ and tissue damage. See a doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms:
A sudden high fever
Low blood pressure
Brain fog, dizziness, headaches, etc.
Wash your vulva regularly
One of the easiest menstruation hygiene tips? Wash yourself regularly down there. Your sensitive skin of the vulva remains in constant touch with blood in the entire duration of your bleeding days. If you do not wash your intimates properly you could get rashes, and things much worse such as bacterial infections.
Avoid using chemical products
Avoid washing your vulva with harsh chemical soaps as they can irritate your skin. Harsh chemical products and soaps can irritate the skin of your vulva. Go for ob-gyn prescribed intimate washes and mild cleansers. Ingredients in these chemical products can irritate the cells of your vagina and make you more vulnerable to STIs such as herpes and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Discard your used sanitary products properly
It is extremely important to dispose your used sanitary products with care and consideration for sanitary workers. Do not give them Halloween surprises with blood-filled sanitary pads along with general house-hold waste. Make sure you are first rolling the used sanitary pad in a newspaper or toilet paper. This will ensure the workers do not come in direct contact with germs and bacteria.
Don't skip showers
Ladies, for the love of all that is holy! Please DO NOT skip baths on your periods. There is no reason to. Let your mohalle-wale aunty claim whatever she wants. You will absolutely live to see the next day even if you wash your hair on the second day of your periods.
Try to avoid a pad rash
It would seriously make your life so much easier! Just follow all the steps we have mentioned thus far and you shouldn’t need to worry about pad rashes. One more step we would like to add is: Opt for pads that have a soft top-surface, such as The RIO Pads. RIO pads were made for you to have better periods. RIO pads have:
Contain a soft, cottony top sheet
Have a raised center with deep channels to absorb blood
Shaped like an hourglass to catch any outflow of blood
With a strong glue base and wings
100% sulphur, paraben and artificial fragrance free
Contain an anti-bacterial layer to keep infections and bacteria away
With RIO you don’t need to manage anymore!
We hope you now know how to maintain menstrual hygiene during your periods. We’ll be back with tips, tricks and more common hygienic practices during menstruation that you can follow to better your periods. :)