No dear you’re not dirty! here’s how to manage menstrual hygiene

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Hey ladies! We understand periods are already annoying enough—but when you leak through your clothes on a heavy day, it just makes everything that much worse. Not only is it embarrassing, but bystanders aren’t always understanding. Recently, ‘a boy’ tweeted that women who get stained during their periods are immature, and another lady (I mean girl) buttressed his tweet saying that women who get stained during menstruation are dirty and do not plan ahead for their period.

We understand period leaks just happen even when we are well prepared for it. Getting stained during your period doesn’t make you dirty but these tips can help you manage your menstrual hygiene.

1. Change your sanitary pads every 3-6 hours

Sanitary pads for women with clean white tampons lying on

Changing sanitary pads or tampons within every 3-6 hours is the cardinal rule to establish vaginal hygiene. Menstrual blood, when released from the body attracts various organisms from our bodies, which multiply in the warmth of the blood, and cause irritation, rashes or urinary tract infections. Changing your sanitary napkin or tampon regularly curbs the growth of these organisms and prevents infections.

2. Wash yourself properly

Washing your vagina regularly is extremely important, because the organisms cling to your body after you have removed your sanitary napkin. Most people wash themselves regularly, but not the right way–which is, using your hands in motion from the vagina to the anus, not vice-versa.

Motioning your hand from the anus to the vagina can lead to the transmission of the bacteria from the anus into the vagina or urethra opening leading to infections.

3. Don’t use soaps or vagina hygiene products

While using vaginal hygiene products everyday is a good idea, using these products during menses can turn things around. Vaginas have their own cleaning mechanism which comes into play during menstrual cycles, and these artificial hygiene products can hamper the natural process leading to infections and growth of bacteria.

4. Discard the sanitary pads properly

Disposing off your tampons and sanitary pads properly is an important step. Wrap them properly before you throw them away, so the bacteria and infections do not spread. Make sure you don’t flush them, since that will block the toilet causing the water to back up, spreading the bacteria all over it. Washing your hands properly is of utmost importance after you have wrapped and discarded the used tampons and sanitary napkins, since you’re likely to touch the stained area while wrapping them.

5. Stick to one method of sanitation

Women tend to use tampons and sanitary napkins, or two sanitary napkins simultaneously during heavy flow which is an efficient technique. While it may keep you dry and prevent stained clothes, it can cause infections too. The combination of two techniques absorbs the blood making us oblivious to the need to change our tampons and sanitary napkins. Without frequent change, the accumulated blood invites bacteria and causes infections.

So, it is advisable to use one sanitary napkin and change it as frequently as you can during heavy flow. These cardinal rules will help you stay healthy and manage your period better.

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