Intimate hygiene that you practice during the days of your period is what one might refer to as menstrual hygiene. Maintaining proper hygiene during menstruation is the key to having better periods. We cannot stress enough on the importance of good menstrual hygiene practices. Don’t let anything make you neglect basic period hygiene.
How to Maintain Menstrual Hygiene during Period?
Here are a few menstrual hygiene tips to help you understand how to maintain hygiene during periods:
Method of sanitation
Finding the right menstrual products that work for you is half the battle won. Pads that feel comfortable against your skin, prevent infections and bacteria, and absorb well are not easy to come by. If you want to skip the trial and error phase and jump straight to the good part, we have some good news for you. RIO pads are made for you to have better periods minus the hassle. RIO pads:
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 are ready to have better periods!
Keep washing your vulva at regular intervals
Media trying to sell you period products will have you believe that blood only goes where it’s supposed to go. The reality is completely different. Your sensitive skin of the vulva remains in constant touch with the blood, whether wet or dried. This could lead to various infections. So, it is absolutely required that you wash your vulva after every pad change.
Have a bath regularly
Being on your period is no excuse to skip on your personal hygiene. Do not pay attention to grannies and aunties asking you to skip bathing or washing your hair during your periods. These claims are bogus and have no science backing them up.
Do not use chemical hygiene products or soaps
Harsh chemical products and soaps can irritate the skin of your vulva. Instead, opt for mild and gentle cleansers. A seemingly innocent ingredient such as glycerin in products can damage or irritate vaginal cells, and potentially increase the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as herpes and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This is why, do not pick up random bottles of intimate hygiene washes off shelves. Have your doctor recommend you one.
Frequently change menstrual hygiene products
Make sure you are changing your pads every 3-4 hours for good menstrual hygiene and management. Keep changing your pads at regular intervals of time even during the last few days of your period, when your flow is really less.
Did you know that leaving menstrual products for extended amounts of time could lead to toxic shock syndrome (TSS)? It is caused by either staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria. These bacteria on entering the body can lead to utter chaos. They start releasing toxins that damage tissues and stop organ function. Signs and symptoms of TSS include:
A sudden high fever
Low blood pressure
Vomiting or diarrhea
A rash resembling a sunburn, particularly on your palms and soles
Brain fog and headaches
Redness of your eyes, mouth and throat
Proper storage of sanitary products
We are all accustomed to stashing period supplies under our bathroom sink or cupboard. These might not be the best places to store sanitary products though. We should store these products in cool, dry places to avoid the possibility of exposing them to moisture and mold and potentially ruining them or worse giving bacteria a chance to grow.
Dispose your sanitary pads the right way
Do not dispose your used sanitary pads along with other household garbage. Fold them in toilet paper or better yet, roll them within the cover that sanitary pads usually come encased in. This will at least ensure that sanitary workers are not coming in direct contact with these used products.
These are all the period hygiene tips we have for you today! We hope our hygiene tips during menstruation help you, and that this article helped reinforce the importance of menstrual hygiene management. We’ll be back with tips, tricks and more menstrual gyaan soon :)