Top 5 Questions About Menstrual Hygiene
When it is that time of the month, it is hard to maintain the hygiene of your nether regions. It’s out of one sanitary product into another and you end up questioning whether you are doing the right thing. I hope this article answers some of the questions you have about menstrual hygiene and helps you stay clean too.
How often should I change my sanitary pad?
How often you change your sanitary pad will be determined by how heavy your flow is and the quality of your sanitary pad. However, health experts say that you should change a sanitary towel after 4 to 8 hours. This helps prevent growth of bacteria and developing an odor on your genital area.
It is also important to note that you should not wait for your sanitary pad to get full. You can monitor the progress at which your sanitary pad is absorbing blood every time you visit the washroom or by how wet or uncomfortable it begins to feel.
How many times should I shower in my periods?
You can shower as many times as you would like to. Just kidding! Medical experts recommend showering or washing your genital area at least two times a day. The moist environment provided by your periods is a breeding ground for bacteria and could lead to infections on your genitalia.
Do I have to change my sanitary pad overnight?
No, you don’t! During the day, your body is very active and therefore there is a lot blood flowing out of your vagina. During the night, your body is resting and hence bodily functions are minimal. This means that there is less blood flowing out compared to the day hours. Therefore, you can sleep with a sanitary pad during the night, a maximum of eight hours, and not worry about negative consequences.
If you have a heavy flow, you may consider wearing sanitary pads dedicated for the night or maxi sanitary pads meant for the heavy flow.
Do I have to wash my hands before and after changing a sanitary pad?
Yes sis! Imagine all the bacteria your hands have come into contact with. Whenever you are changing your sanitary pad, your hands may touch the area of your pad that will be in contact with your genitalia and transfer the bacteria they came into contact with. This is a brewing recipe for infections, something we do not want.
On the flip side, your sanitary pad may have come into contact with bacteria from the anal region and will be in contact with your hands whenever you are changing the pad. It is therefore important to also wash your hands after changing a sanitary towel so that you do not spread the bacteria to other surfaces, foods or even your face.
How do I wash my genital area during my periods?
When washing your genitalia, ensure that you are gentle as you do it. Your genitalia is already vulnerable due to the friction occurring between the sanitary pad and the surface of your genitalia. Being rough can alter the pH of your genitalia exposing you to bacterial and yeast infections.
Therefore, rinse off your genitalia gently with warm water and your fingers from front to back. Using the front to back motion helps prevent spread of bacteria from the anal region to your vagina. While washing you can also use unscented soaps or feminine wash if necessary.
Listen to your body while you are in your periods. It will help you know what to do and what not to do to maintain your menstrual hygiene.