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Hygiene of the vaginal area during periods

Hygiene of the vaginal area during periods

During your period, you feel irritable, anxious, and in pain. Hormones cause several changes in the body throughout puberty. And one of the changes is that you start having periods. You tend to feel a lot of emotions throughout your period, which may be unpleasant. Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene is one approach to reduce stress at that time. There are various things to keep in mind to avoid infection and other issues. This is why we’ve put together some period hygiene tips:

Pick your sanitation technique

To remain clean nowadays, women use sanitary napkins, tampons, and menstrual cups. Unmarried girls in India prefer sanitary napkins. Use tampons sparingly and find those with the lowest absorbency rate for your flow. A tampon and a sanitary napkin are two means of protection that some women prefer over others. Try using one brand for one sort of protection for a period to see if it helps. Brands are as unique as you are, and they fit everyone individually.

Change sanitary pads after 4-6 hours

Dr. Nupur Gupta, a gynecologist in Delhi, says women with regular blood flow should replace sanitary napkins every 4–6 hours. The same goes for days with reduced blood flow. If you have significant menstrual flow, replacing sanitary pads every 3-4 hours is required. If you use a tampon, replace it every six hours. If you go to the bathroom during your period, clean the area.
Long-term use of sanitary napkins or tampons might cause skin rashes and smells. It can also put you at the chance of infection. Some women also use reusable cotton pads, which must be thoroughly cleaned and dried before use.

Take a bath on a regular basis.

It is critical to keep your body clean during your period in order to avoid smelling bad. Take a bath or shower at least once a day, and wash your hands before and after cleansing your vagina or changing your sanitary pad or other menstrual protection, to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Wash regularly

Blood tends to infiltrate microscopic areas like the skin between your labia or crust around the opening of the vagina during menstruation and should always be washed away. This method also helps eliminate vaginal odors. So, wash your vagina and labia (the female genital projections) properly before changing into a new pad. If you can’t wash before changing, wipe the areas with toilet paper or tissue.

No soaps or feminine hygiene products

The vagina has its own cleaning system that balances healthy and harmful germs. Soap can destroy beneficial microorganisms, allowing illness. In order to wash consistently during this period, all you need is warm water. Use soap on the outside but not within your vagina or vulva.

Properly dispose of sanitary products

It’s vital to properly dispose of soiled napkins or tampons since they can transmit illnesses and smell awful. Wrapping it well before throwing it away keeps the odor and illness at bay. The pad or tampon might produce a blockage and cause the toilet to back up. More importantly, wash your hands thoroughly after disposing of a used napkin, as you are likely to contact the used section of a pad or tampon.

Wash your vagina the right way

Warm water and your hands are the best tools for cleaning your intimate region. You may also use the intimate wash, which is a product that is created specifically for a woman’s intimate areas. Neither soap nor shower gel should be used to clean the exterior region of your vagina.

Stick to one method of sanitation

During high flow, women use tampons and sanitary napkins, or two sanitary napkins concurrently. The same thing that keeps you dry and clean may trigger illnesses. The two ways absorb the blood, obliging us to replace our tampons and sanitary napkins. The accumulating blood encourages germs and diseases. During strong flow, use one sanitary napkin and change it as often as possible. They will help you stay healthy and regulate your period.


Dr. Seemanthini Desai, a leading microbiologist of Dr. Desai Microlab
Dr. B.Radhika, Senior Gynecologist, and Laparoscopic Surgeon, Medicover Woman & Child Hospitals