Menstruating women need to pay particular attention to personal hygiene. Poor menstrual hygiene can lead to many issues, such as fungal or bacterial infections of the reproductive tract and the urinary tract.
- Irritation of the skin causes discomfort and can possibly result in dermatitis – a medical condition in which the skin swells, turns red, and at times becomes sore with blisters.
- Introduction of bacteria into the urethra may cause urinary tract infections (UTIs). It can happen anywhere in the urinary tract and can be fatal as it can even damage the kidneys if left untreated.
- Susceptibility to cervical cancer is increased due to reproductive tract infections and UTIs. Cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix (‘mouth’ of the uterus) and is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).
- Unhygienic practices also make women prone to becoming infertile.
Tips to maintain good hygiene during your period
- Use a sanitary napkin, tampon, or menstrual cup. All these methods are good, and you don’t need to switch. Stick with whatever you prefer.
Change your sanitary napkin/tampon/menstrual cup frequently, even when the bleeding isn’t much. Menstrual blood tends to get contaminated with the body’s native organisms, so change regularly. This also helps you to avoid skin rashes.
- Regularly wash your genitals and make sure the blood in and around the vagina is effectively washed away. Not only do you feel cleaner, but it also makes you healthier and protects your privates. Try to wash every time you change – or at least a couple of times a day.
At the end of the day, it’s for your own good
Ensuring hygiene during one’s period is not a tough task. With a little effort it’s easy to maintain good cleanliness, so familiarise yourself with the simple tips in this article. After all, you’re the one who stands to benefit!