Good Menstrual Hygiene Practices

Good Menstrual Hygiene Practices

Menstruation is something every woman goes through. However, the taboo and prejudice associated with the subject make it difficult for people to accept how natural this biological process is. Menstrual hygiene is extremely important for women of all ages and we are going to tell you the best way to get it done and maintain menstrual health.

Wash Your Privates 

One of the best ways to keep your menstrual health is to wash your privates thoroughly. Washing your vagina is extremely important, more so when you are on your period. Most women wash themselves every time they urinate. However, most people don’t know how to wash properly. The best way to wash down there would be to move your hands from the vagina to the anus and not the other way around as it might transmit bacteria and lead to infections.

Use Napkins, Tampons or Menstrual Cups

It is unfortunate that in most rural areas, women are not aware of these menstrual hygiene methods. And those who know are used to napkins or tampons when they menstruate. However, napkins and tampons are not eco-friendly and full of plastic. This cannot lead to rashes but also be extremely bad for the environment. A more biodegradable alternative would be menstrual cups which are safer and easier to clean. Also napkins are easily available, affordable and overall very manageable.

Learn the right way to put on the napkin or tampon so that there are no leaks. Also, change your napkins regularly, every for 4-6 hours to ensure proper vaginal health and no risks of infections.

Change Your Napkins Regularly

Menstrual blood when released from the vaginal passage usually attracts bacteria and microorganisms. The bacterial growth aggravates when in contact with the warm blood thereby adding on to the risk of infections and rashes down there. Don’t keep the napkins on for long hours. Normally, the napkins last for 4-5 hours, possibly even less when you have a heavy flow. Changing napkins and tampons curb the growth of organisms. Disposing of sanitary napkins properly is an important step. Washing the napkins or tampons can get pretty tricky if you don’t do it right. Also, there are menstrual cups that have to be boiled in hot water after you have used them before the next cycle.

The Diet

Periods can be difficult with all the heavy flow, rashes and cramps which can get unbearable sometimes. In these days that you have to be extra careful about your diet. Include a lot of greens and grains in your daily meals. Veggies and fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals which will help you keep your strength especially when you have a particularly difficult period. A healthy, warm comforting meal can also be great for uplifting your mood.

Avoid Soaps and Vaginal Products

There are many vaginal products and soaps in the market that claim to be the best at keeping your vaginal health intact. Most of soaps are acidic and can really mess up your pH levels. This can lead to vaginal infections, rashes, cause excessive itching and be extremely uncomfortable. The best bet would be to avoid these artificial cleaning products and let the natural vaginal fluid clear out the passage organically.

Effective tips to have a painless and comfortable period

Now that we have covered a few methods of menstrual hygiene we have a few simple yet effective tips that you have a painless and comfortable period;

  • Avoid painkillers and pills as much as you can, switch over to natural alternatives to reduce the cramps instead.
  • Learn as much as you can about your body, read up, research and most importantly don’t hesitate from consulting a doctor if you notice any problem.
  • B vitamins may also help women who are experiencing symptoms of menstrual discomfort. Some of the healthy foods that are very high in vitamin B12 include Milk and Dairy Products, Eggs, Whole grains (brown rice, barley, and millet), Seeds and nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds).
  • Learn to dispose of your menstrual waste properly.
  • Try to use biodegradable organic napkins for your period, they’re eco-friendly and affordable
  • Stick to one method of menstrual hygiene.
  • Also, learn to track your period so you know your cycle is well-adjusted. It also helps you figure out if you are pregnant or not.

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