During your red days, it is important to keep yourself feeling and smelling fresh. It may be hard to do stuff during these days, but your hygiene routine should not be forgotten. Listed below are points to take in consideration if you have your period.
- Familiarize yourself with menstruation products
- There are different options you can choose from to absorb the blood you are secreting – tampons, sanitary napkins, cloth pads, and menstrual cup.
- Tampons are worn inside the vagina and is an absorbent cotton. Tampons are disposable and comes in variety of sizes and absorbencies.
- Sanitary napkins or disposable cups are fitted to your underwear. If you are uncomfortable inserting tampons inside your vagina, using a sanitary napkin is the best option for you.
- Cloth pads are a bit similar to sanitary napkins. The difference is that cloth pads requires regular laundering. Cloth pads does not trap odors when blood is absorb and does not contain chemicals compared to disposable ones.
- Menstrual cup is inserted to the opening of the cervix. It can be worn up to 12 hours.
- Change regularly
- If you do not change your product of sanitation regularly, it can trap organisms and may cause infection.
- Menstrual cup – every 12 hours
- Tampons – every 2 hours
- Sanitary napkins – every 6 hours
- Wash regularly
- To prevent any foul odor, wash yourself before changing to a new pad. Avoid using soap on the inner parts of your vagina. You can also use wipes or tissues to clean.
- Keep yourself dry
- Pad rashes can occur during your period when the pad has been too wet and is rubbing to your thighs. Apply an antiseptic ointment on the rash if you happen to experience one.
- Carry menstruation products in your purse
- Bring extra tampons or pads in your purse. Make sure that they are stored properly so that it will not get contaminated. Bring your tissue and wet wipes with you for cleaning. Antiseptic medication should also be brought to ease out any discomfort during your period.
Reference: Sampath, P. (2015, August 26.) 10 Menstrual Hygiene Tips Every Girl and Woman Should Know. The Health Site. Retrieved from http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/hygiene-during-menstrual-periods-10-things-you-should-know/.