When it is ‘that time of the month’ it is very important to keep yourself clean. Despite what the older generation might say in some cultures, the health experts stress on keeping yourself clean and dry at all times. It creates a sense of well-being; and eliminates physical discomfort and body odour.
Here’s how you should do it:
- Since there are many choices today, use your menstrual protection depending on your lifestyle and your flow. In fact, it is a good idea to keep two different products for your different days when flow might be heavier or lighter. For instance, if you have an active lifestyle or are going to the gym or for yoga then you can use a tampon. Overnight sanitary napkins and XL sized ones are good for night-time protection as well on heavy-flow days.
- Change your sanitary napkins often. “If you have a heavy flow, it is important to change your sanitary pad at least four times. It prevents leakage and infection. Some women also experience period rash due to wet pads. So changing it often is a good idea. To soak up wetness, you can also dust some baby powder around the area,” advises Dr. Mukta Sachdev, Bangalore-based dermatologist. If you wear tampons then change at least thrice-a-day when your flow is heavy.
- It is also important to wash away menstrual blood from the outer part of your vagina and labia to prevent infection and bad odour every time you change your pad. Instead of dry toilet paper, use intimate wet wipes if you don’t have water handy. To prevent rash and chaffing around the area during this time, use toilet paper to soak up the wetness.
- Shower regularly to keep your body, mind and the privates clean and fresh. It also prevents body odour. You can use a vaginal wash once a day to maintain the pH balance around the area and also prevent infection.
Discard sanitary towels and tampons properly. Do not flush down the toilet as that is not environment-friendly and you can clog the toilet. Instead wrap neatly in the given wraps or newspaper and through in the sanitary disposal bins in your home.