September 13, 2019

10 menstrual hygiene practices every woman should follow

Menstruation is one of the most vital physiological processes that women undergo during their reproductive age. Most at times women go through this processes alone and some secretly, and in this case they do not consider the maintaining proper and adequate hygienic practices during this period because a lot of ladies find it as a challenging and difficult task.

Menstruation or period as popularly called by many is the normal physiological vaginal bleeding that usually occurs monthly as part of the ways a woman's body prepares for pregnancy.

At times, most women often wear the same sanitary pads for long in some cases a whole day without changing it. Poor hygiene during menstruation can often result in to various future health issues such as infection like yeast

Ensuring an adequate and proper hygiene during menses is one of the key factors in living a healthy lifestyle when a woman has reached her reproductive stage.

In this article I will be sharing with us some vital tips in maintaining a good hygiene during menstruation.

👉 Changing your sanitary pads regularly: it is improper and unhealthy to wear a sanitary pad for too long, so it is therefore advisable that you change your pad at least every 4-6 hours, while tampons should also be changed at least every 2 hours, for the cases of tampons it is important because if tampons are left inside for too long it can cause a condition called Toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which will require an immediate treatment or can cause a very serious complication if left untreated. 

Menstrual blood if left long in the body can contaminate the vaginal flora and can further cause an infection. They can even multiply and migrate to the urinary tract and this can cause urinary tract infections.

It is important that you change your sanitary pads to avoid infections.

👉 Wear clean, cotton underwear:  wear: wear clean underwear every day. Cotton is ideal because it normally allows you pubic area to breath, preventing the accumulation of sweat. This is important because a warm and moist area is usually a perfect breeding ground for bacteria which can cause an infection.

👉 Clean your vagina properly: When you menstruate, the blood tends to enter tiny spaces like the skin between your labia or crust around the opening of the vagina and you should always wash this excess blood away. This practice also tends to reduce the bad odor coming from the vaginal region. So, it is important to wash your vagina and labia (which is the projecting part of female genitals) well before you change into a new pad. If you are in a rush and cannot wash yourself properly before you change, you ensure you wipe off the areas using toilet paper or tissue.

👉 Bathe regularly: Bathing not only cleanses your body but also gives you a chance to clean your private parts well. It also helps relieve menstrual cramps, backaches, helps improve your mood and makes you feel less bloated. To get some relief from backaches and menstrual cramps, just stand under a shower of warm water that is targeted towards your back or abdomen. You will feel much better at the end of it.

👉 Using the right washing technique: Always wash or clean the area in a motion that is from the vagina to the anus. Never wash in the opposite direction. Washing in the opposite direction can cause bacteria from the anus to lodge in the vagina and urethral opening, leading to infections, and avoid douching.

👉 Dont use soaps or vaginal hygiene products: The vagina is self cleaning, so it is of no use trying to clean it with soaps or other products. And also washing it with soap can kill the vagina flora,  making way for infections. So, while it is important washing your body regularly during the period of menstruation it is advisable you do it with warm water. Soap can be used on the external parts but it is not advisable you use it on the inside of your your vagina or vulva.

👉 Discard your used sanitary product properly: It is important that you discard your used napkins or tampons properly to prevent spreading of infections, and prevent smell from coming out from it. And also wrapping it properly well before you discard it ensures that the smell and infection is contained and not spread.

And also don't forget you should not flush the pad or tampon down the toilet since they could form a block can cause the toilet to back up. 

More importantly always remember to wash your hands well after you discard your used napkin and pads, since you are most likely to touch the used portion of the pad or tampon while discarding it.

👉 Wash your hands: After changing your pad or tampon wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Then if your nails are long, you can carry a nail brush to wash under your nails before and also after you visit the toilet.

👉 Choose the right pads: The type of pad you use will depend on your flow and if you have sensitive skin. You can try different pads (use one type several times before switching) to determine which sanitary product is best for you.

👉 Avoid using more than one sanitary product at a time: Some women have the habit of using more than one sanitary product for extra protection, most especially during when they have a heavy flow. This means using a tampon and sanitary pad, two sanitary pads or a sanitary pad and a piece of cloth. 

This is unhygienic because in using a tampon and a pad or two sanitary pads at the same time, it could be difficult to tell when they are full and needs to be changed. 

In the case of the cloth and sanitary pad, the cloth might not be as clean as you think and could introduce dirt or bad bacteria to your vagina which could lead to infection. Its important that you discover which sanitary product works best for you and change regularly.

Remember Health Is Wealth 

Written By: Isikadi Precious RN. 

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