Menstrual Hygiene Matters: How to Stay Clean and Fresh on Your Period by Teya Janelle Posted on November 15, 2017
For some women, menstruating is pure suffering while for others it’s a natural cleansing process. We may have different views towards menstruation, but every woman dreams of having her period without being too messy and to survive the day comfortably and feeling fresh.
While Tinkerbel has no pixie dust to make menstrual cramps or headaches magically go away, having a clean and fresh period doesn't need any magic dust at all.
Keeping yourself clean during your period is as important as brushing your teeth or washing your hands before you eat.
One of the major problems women experience when they are menstruating aside from severe menstrual cramps is allergies, or worst, infection.
Whether you’re wearing a menstrual cup or a sanitary pad, keeping clean during your period is an absolute must.
Here are some basic tips (that we tend to forget and take for granted every now and then) of menstrual hygiene:
What You Wear Does Matter
Just as wearing tight panties can cause itchiness or darkness of the skin, wearing tight jeans or undies can also increase heat and can cause irritation.
Wear something cotton because cotton panties are definitely comfortable and more absorbent than undergarments that are made from synthetic materials.
One of the most common problems women worry about is menstrual odor. It might sound impossible to not have that menstrual smell down there all the time but why not let the air in by wearing something that’s not too tight?
Letting your body breathe is one way to reduce the smell. Changing undies in a day is highly recommended.
While on your period, your body’s temperature tends to be higher than usual. A lot of girls claim that they sweat more when they’re on their period.
Use Menstrual Cups
Millennial girls are into something cool yet comfortable like menstrual cups. One of the benefits of menstrual cups is that it prevents you from having allergies, accumulation of bacteria and yeast infection.
If you’re a regular sanitary pad user, then you’re prone to different types of infection. While most sanitary pad brands claim that they easily absorb the fluid.
You should also remember that when you’re wearing pads, your menstrual blood on the surface of the blood is in constant contact with your sensitive area, it stays moist, which could encourage bacterial growth or irritation.
With a menstrual cup, it can hold the menstrual flow and can be emptied easily. You can wash it after emptying and disinfect it right away. When you put it back on, it’s completely clean, without any menstrual smell to worry about.
Washing is not an option, it’s a must
Washing your vaginal area is one of the things you normally do to stay clean and fresh. But how often do you wash it?
Contrary to your grandmother’s old beliefs, taking a shower while on your period is safe and won’t cause any illnesses. Washing your privates with water is a good way to help clear residual blood.
According to experts, whenever you wash your sensitive parts make sure to use unscented or mild soaps to avoid irritation.
No matter how much you want to soap up the insides of your vagina to wash away the smell and residue, remember to only soap up the surrounding skin to avoid messing up with the pH level of your vagina.
It’s best to have a warm shower to help calm your nerves and ease your cramps. If you’re using a sanitary pad, make sure that you’re completely dry to avoid bacterial growth. Use towels made of cotton so as to not irritate your skin.
Having your period means spending much time and putting on extra efforts for you to stay fresh and clean.
The purpose of following the basic tips above is basically not only to eliminate unwanted menstrual odor but also to avoid any infection that might lead to serious illnesses.
Have a comfy period!