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5 menstrual hygiene tips your body will thank you for

16 March, 2021 Roshni Asati

Hygiene is something that cannot be ignored, if ignored the consequences are even worse than you imagine.

Menstruation is a common process in every woman’s life and at the same time, it needs proper care. Ensuring cleanliness and eating right is the key to ease of pain you go through.

Let’s discuss the some important tips for hygiene that should be taken by every woman during ‘those’ days.

5 most important tips are:

Change sanitary pads:

You should change your pads or sanitary napkins during menstrual flow regularly. It is recommended not to use napkins for more than 6 hours. If you are using the same for more than 6 hours then it may lead to rashes and vaginal infections.

As per health experts, you should change your change sanitary pads every four hours. Of course, you can change it according to the flow of blood but make sure not to use it for long

Make sure you always wash your hands before.

The scientific reason behind:

When blood flows out from your body, it gets contacted with the air and hence gets contaminated, and this contamination may produce bacteria that can cause major infections to your body not only the heavy flow days but also lighter days.

Clean your vagina properly:

Cleaning the vaginal area just once a day that is during the bath is not enough during menstruation. Organisms might stick to the vaginal area that needs to be washing off as quickly as possible.

Health experts and doctors always recommended cleaning of vaginal area with clean water whenever you change your sanitary napkins.

Be aware of what soap you are using and only use if it does not hurt your skin. Generally, unscented and old soaps are recommended for the cleaning up of the area near the vagina and always clean it thoroughly with water.

Do not apply soaps on the vagina.

Change underwear:

Change your underwear daily even more often if you are using tampons. Doctors advised wearing cotton underwear as they are good absorbent and breathable. Use panties that provide full coverage to the front as well as backside. Panties with the extra leak-proof area are good during periods. You can also use period panties in place of pads and tampons during menstruation. Always wear clean underwear.

Dispose of used sanitary pads:

Don’t throw used pads and tampons all at once into the trash and always throw them into a non-renewable section of trash and also keep them in separate trash bags before disposal. Try not to dispose of used pads and tampons in an open area as due to the presence of bacteria it emits odour and might attract other insects. If you are using menstrual cups then don’t forget to be them into warm water. Warm water will kill all the bacteria stick to your menstrual cup. You can also add some antiseptics that might help with extra care in cleaning up your menstrual cup.

Only one sanitation method at a time:

Choose your method of sanitation but don’t use two methods at a time. Indeed heavy flows are worst. Women with great flows tend to use either two pads at a time or a tampon or a sanitary pad at once. Some even use a sanitary pad with a piece of cloth. It is good preventing your clothes and bed sheets from the strain but it is not good for your vagina. If you do so, two of your pads will absorb blood and that makes it difficult to understand whether they are fully used or not. You are improbable to change at regular intervals. This can again lead to rashes and germs near the vagina.

Using a piece of cloth during periods is also not a good option as it is not that much clean to put near private parts. It might lead to an increase of discomfort in walking or sitting.


Hygiene should be the primary concern not only in periods but all the time. Maintaining hygiene will prevent you from many death-causing germs and also help in stopping the spread of germs to others too. Even a simple habit of washing hands is enough for preventing some diseases. You should take care of it at home and well as in the workplace.